As a pianist, composer, arranger, vocal coach and music educator, Alex Isackson's love of music is evident in everything he does. His principle piano teachers have been renowned and accomplished pianists and educators, including Krista Wallace-Boaz, Dror Biran, Kathy Edsill-Charles, Stephen Allen, and Joseph Hoffman. He has also had lessons with Mark Westcott, Brandon Bascom, Michael McQuay, Michael Allen Harrison, Daryl Davis, and the Parisii String Quartet. Alex received his MM in composition at the University of Louisville and his BMA in composition with minors in piano and education at Brigham Young University--Idaho. His solo performances include music from the baroque era to the contemporary, including popular and jazz styles. He has collaborated with scores of other musicians in a very wide variety of ensembles and venues. Alex also performed as soloist and collaborator in hundreds of concerts and recitals since the early 2000's including a performance of his own piano concerto and also a concerto for piano and wind ensemble by Henry Cowell. His performance with the Clark College Jazz Ensemble at the Puerto Vallarta Jazz Festival earned him an Outstanding Soloist Award. In 2014 he was a top ten finalist for the pianist position with the United States Army Band and Choir, Pershing's Own. Since 2008, Alex has taught privately with students of a wide variety of ages and skill levels. He has also taught music classes at middle school, high school, and collegiate levels.
Alex meets his students at their own level and helps them learn how to set achievable goals. His vast experience gives him an eclectic approach to teaching. He focuses on all aspects of musicianship, including how to practice effectively, technical proficiency, ear-training, and how to speak expressively through their instrument.