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Alex Norton is a Young Artist on the Global Talent Programme at the National Opera Studio and previously gained a 1st class honours degree in piano performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). At RWCMD he worked with John Fisher at the David Seligman Opera School as repetiteur and performer for their productions of The Turn of the Screw (Britten), Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), and La Voix Humaine (Poulenc).
Pursuing his interest in vocal accompaniment, he completed a six-month Erasmus exchange in Antwerp, studying with the highly acclaimed pianist and coach Jeanne-Minette Cilliers.
Alex recently worked as assistant repetiteur with Welsh National Opera on their Youth production of Shostakovich’s Cherry Town. As a harpsichordist, he worked on a contemporary multi-disciplinary reimagining of Handel’s Lucrezia and performed Tabakova’s Suite in Old Style. As a keyboard continuo player, performances include Monteverdi’s Vespers, Handel’s Lucrezia and Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie.
Interested in all facets of keyboard playing, Alex has previously held longstanding organ positions at the Parish church in Old Windsor and the Cardiff Oratory. He was also the organist for RWCMD’s performance of Faure’s Requiem at St David’s Hall.
During his time at conservatoire, he has received masterclasses/tuition from: Steven Devine, Malcolm Martineau, Simon Lepper, Roger Vignoles, Iain Burnside, Aaron Wajnberg and Martin Pickard. Alex performed as a pianist at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and recently made his concerto debut with the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, performing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto. Alex is supported by Help Musicians.
Updated January 2023. This biography should not be reproduced without asking permission from the National Opera Studio.