GRAMMY award-winning pianist and composer Alex Brown is at the forefront of a new generation of artists. The New York Times says he plays “with a crystalline touch and a worldly approach.” In 2021, Brown released his second album as a leader, The Dark Fire Sessions. He has performed on and contributed music to GRAMMY award-winning and nominated albums with artists that include Imani Winds, Harlem Quartet, Paquito D’Rivera, Dafnis Prieto, and Brian Lynch. A member of D’Rivera’s regular group since 2007, Brown has also collaborated with artists in a wide array of genres that include Valerie Coleman, Sean Jones, Cho-Liang Lin, Christian McBride, the New York Voices, David Sanchez, David Shifrin, Chris Thile (on the former American variety show Live from Here), Warren Wolf, and Miguel Zenon. In 2016, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as a soloist with the Orquesta Symphonica de Mineria led by conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto in Mexico City. Brown has performed in many of the world’s greatest venues and festivals including the Kennedy Center, Newport Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. 

As a composer and arranger, Brown has had music performed by premier groups that include the Philadelphia Orchestra and members of the Baltimore Symphony. In 2023, he wrote the string quartet arrangements for Kendrick Scott’s composition Unearthed featuring the Harlem Quartet. From 2022-23, Brown collaborated with SF-based rapper Andre Nickatina in a project reimagining Nickatina’s music for orchestra. He has completed big band commissions for Bobby Broom and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra as well as Chad Lefkowitz-Brown’s Global Big Band. Brown has produced and composed music for film, television, and commercial campaigns for Orbitz, Zimmermann, Omega, and Vogue. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance at the New England Conservatory and his Master of Music degree in studio jazz composition at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. From 2018-19, Brown served as a Visiting Artist in Jazz Studies at the Peabody Institute, part of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In the fall of 2022, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Brown is a YAMAHA artist.