Alex Peh

Alex Peh

State University of New York New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Music

DMA, Piano Performance, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
MM, Piano Performance, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
BM, Piano Performance, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Alex Peh is a contemporary pianist and associate chair of the music department at SUNY New Paltz. His work explores the intersection of classical, contemporary and global piano traditions. His newest album, Talking Gong, with percussionist Susie Ibarra and flutist, Claire Chase, was declared best Jazz album of January 2021 by Band Camp and described as “a sense of tension and release that is positively addictive.”

As a 2019 Asian Cultural Council fellow, he travelled to Yangon Myanmar to study Burmese piano style with Dr. U Yee Nwe and taught at the Gitameit Music Institute. He collaborated with Burmese master percussionist Kyaw Kyaw Naing to create the first Burmese Hsaing Waing ensemble in America that features the piano in traditional Burmese Sandaya style.  In 2019, Peh launched “By Ear--By Heart” a commissioning cycle to reimagine a new body of contemporary piano repertoire to include works from musical traditions that have appropriated the piano without musical scores. He has already premiered new work by legendary Burmese composer U Yee Nwe, and Kyaw Kyaw Naing. He is currently commissioning Iranian pianist Ramin Zoufonoun and Grammy-nominated composer Anna Clyne to compose new works for world premiere, winning funding from Arts Mid-Hudson and New York State Council for the Arts.

Peh has studied piano with Arnaldo Cohen, Menahem Pressler, Sylvia Wang, Evelyne Brancart, and Kyaw Kyaw Naing.  At the Aspen, Tanglewood and Banff music festivals, he has worked with Paul Lewis, Charles Dutoit, Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin, Herbert Stessin, Julian Martin, and Marc Durand.

As a Global Fulbright scholar, Peh aims to collaborate with historical discographer and pianist Nikos Ordoulidis at the University of Ioannina and Nye Myo Aung of the Gitameit Music Institute in Yangon, Myanmar. He will study global piano traditions that range from Greek Rebetiko to Burmese Sandaya and commission new works from local musicians as part of his contemporary piano commissioning cycle. He will share his work in the experimental and contemporary piano culture of New York City, and develop a new collaborative course “piano traditions” that will be co-designed by all three and taught as a hybrid course at SUNY New Paltz.


Scholarships for US and Greek Citizens
Educational Advising / Study in the USA

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