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Mincek, Alex

Born in 1975, he is a New York-based composer and performer. He studied composition with Tristan Murail and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University (DMA) and with Nils Vigeland at the Manhattan School of Music (MA). In 2012 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow and the following year he received an Alpert Award in the Arts. He is currently the saxophonist and artistic director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a group dedicated to contemporary music, which he cofounded in 1998.

His music has been featured at venues and international festivals around the world including Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Wigmore Hall, Strasbourg Musica Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Festival Présences of Radio France, Festival Archipel in Geneva, Darmstadt, Ultraschall and Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, and the Contempuls Festival in Prague.

He has collaborated with ensembles including ensemble recherche, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Cairn, Ensemble Linea, SEM Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Dal Niente, Yarn/Wire, Mivos and the JACK Quartet. His music has also been recognised through commissions and awards from major arts institutions such as the French Ministry of Culture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, ASCAP, National Endowment for the Arts, MATA, Radio France, and the Barlow Endowment Commission.


Major works: Flows for piano (2000), Stems for piano (2000), String Quartet no. 1 Pulse Variations (2000), Rascal for piano (2001), Karate for two saxophones (2001), Slalom for two tenor saxophones, two electric guitars and two drum sets (2002), Pong for two marimbas (2001), String Quartet no. 2 Tenor (2002), Umflut for tenor saxophone, horn and chamber orchestra (2003), Novelty Repeats Itself for baritone and piano (2004), Few From Many for chamber orchestra (2004), Perpetuum mobile II for two tenor saxophones and accordion (2005), To Nowhere From Nowhere for alto flute, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, voice, piano, violin and cello (2006), Nucleus for saxophone and drums (2007), “ conceals within itself...” for string trio and piano (2007), Subito for flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone, piano, violin, viola and cello (2008), Poco a poco for flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano and string trio (2008), ALI for alto saxophone (2010), String Quartet no. 3 lift–tilt–filter–split (2010), Color–Form–Line for contrabass flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, violin, percussion, piano and voice (2010), Flutter for cello (2012), For Petr Kotik for violin and piano (2012), V for marimba (2012), Strata for electric guitar (2012), Number May Be Defined for bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone and voice (2013), Subito II for large ensemble (2013), Donegal for large ensemble (2013), Chamber Concert for large ensemble (2013), Cadeau, percussion septet (2014), Of Concentric Circles for flute, tenor saxophone, violin, voice, percussion, piano and electronics (2014), Pendulum I–IX for various instrumental ensembles (2004–15), Pneuma for tenor saxophone and large ensemble (2015), Pendulum X: Harmonielehre for symphony orchestra (2015).