Pianist, composer, and music educator Alex Isackson has a deep passion for and understanding of the transformative power of music. He has studied piano and composition since ages ten and fifteen respectively. After earning a Master’s degree in music composition he has been busy teaching privately, composing, and playing keyboards with the rockabilly group Eight Inch Elvis. He is trained classically, but also has professional training and experience in many popular styles.
Isackson has performed in scores of concerts and venues as soloist, accompanist, and in professional ensembles, including concerto performances with the University Band from BYU-Idaho. He was also awarded the “Outstanding Soloist Award” at the Puerto Vallarta Jazz Festival. In 2014 he was a top ten finalist for the pianist position with Pershing’s Own, United States Army Band. Principal piano teachers include Joseph Hoffman, Mark Westcott, Kathy Edsil-Charles, Stephen Allen, Dror Biran, and Krista Wallace-Boaz.
Isackson is also an avid composer, having written works for orchestra, voice, symphonic band, chamber ensembles, and solo piano. He was recently given a commission to write a new work for large wind ensemble by a consortium of college bands across the United States.
Get to Know Alex
I knew I wanted to teach music when...
I realized how exciting and gratifying it can be. I want to show others how to have life-changing musical experiences so that it can be something they can own and enjoy for the rest of their lives.
If you could listen to only three pieces of music/songs on a deserted island, what would they be?
"The People United Will Never Be Defeated" by Fredrick Rzewski
"Innocence" by Somei Satoh
"Ocean Breeze" by Pablo Cruise
If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza! I'll never get tired of pizza.