Alex Fortes — Violin
Originally from San Diego, violinist Alex Fortes is increasingly being recognized for his musical versatility and warmth. Recent orchestral and chamber music performances have included performances in Denmark, Austria, and Indonesia as well as throughout the United States with groups such as the Franklin and Momenta string quartets, the Talea Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Future In REverse (FIRE), the String Orchestra of New York City, and A Far Cry, which recently invited him to become a member.
A strong advocate of social and civic engagement, Alex worked for the Longwood Symphony, an orchestra associated with Boston’s medical community that uses its performances to raise funds and awareness for medical nonprofits. In May 2010, he was chosen by former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey to be the student speaker at the New School’s commencement, where he spoke about the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation and civic engagement for fostering innovation and strong communities.
Mr. Fortes holds degrees from Harvard and Mannes College. His teachers include Mark Steinberg, Peter Zazofsky, Hernan Constantino, Mary Gerard, and Michael Gaisler.