Alexander Garde is a multi-disciplinary percussionist based in Houston, pursuing his master’s degree at Rice University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Alex is a strong proponent of the importance of contemporary music; he is a founding member of Alinéa, a new music ensemble based in Boston, with whom he has performed influential contemporary music by great composers of the present and future. Additionally, Alex’s orchestral focus has led him to perform with a multitude of ensembles, including the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony, as well as with festivals around the world, including the Tanglewood Music Center and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. An advocate for community outreach and education, Alex proudly works with DACAMERA in Houston and previously with NEC’s Preparatory School to inspire the next generation of musicians. Outside of music, Alex enjoys golfing, photography, and sipping coffee with friends.