Cellist Alexander Hersh has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile talents of his generation.
When Hersh performed at the inaugural 2017 Queen Elizabeth Cello Competition in Belgium, the Musiq3 critics of the RTBF Belgian Radio company said: "The evening session allowed us to hear the American Alexander Hersh (23 years old) on the already well-filled list. With his scenic presence and charm, Hersh has everything to become the darling of the public. "
Hersh's recent debuts have included his Carnegie Weill Hall recital as well as performances of the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops. His 2018 - 2019 concerto engagements include performances of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Fox Valley Symphony, as well as return engagements of Elgar Cello Concerto with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, and Brahms Double Concerto with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Hersh has a full calendar of engagements, including in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Penzance (England), Blonay (Switzerland), and Berlin (Germany).
Hersh has been awarded numerous top prizes at competitions worldwide including: New York International Artists Association Competition, Ima Hogg Competition, Schadt String competition, Artist Concerts Series National Solo Competition, Luminarts Classical Music Fellowship, Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, Hellam Young Artist Competition, Boston Pops / New England Conservatory Competition, Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition, Society of American Musicians, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the Chicago National Chamber Music Competitions.
A passionate chamber musician, Hersh has performed the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók and Alban Berg and much of the rest of the chamber music canon at music festivals internationally, including: Marlboro, Caramoor, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Music@Menlo, I-M-S Prussia Cove, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Kneisel Hall, Lucerne, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Domaine Forget, Meadowmount School of Music, and at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale. He has collaborated in performance with such esteemed artists as Mitsuko Uchida, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian, Gary Hoffman, Heinz Holliger, Peter Wiley, Gilbert Kalish, Adam Neiman, and members of the Cleveland, Borromeo, and Cavani String Quartets.
Hersh is co-artistic director of Nexus Chamber Music Chicago, a summer chamber music festival that presents first-class performances for a wide range of audiences in intimate, and sometimes unconventional venues in and around the City of Chicago.
Alexander Hersh is a 4th generation string player. His parents, Stefan and Roberta, are both active professional violinists. His grandfather, Paul Hersh, is a professor of viola and piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and his great grandfather, Ralph Hersh, was a member of the WQXR and Stuyvesant String Quartets, and principal violist of the Dallas and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.
Raised in Chicago, Alexander Hersh began playing the cello at the age of 5. He studied with Steve Balderston and Hans Jørgen Jensen, and attended the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. Hersh received his B.M. (with academic honors) from New England Conservatory, where he was a student of Laurence Lesser and was recipient of the Clara M. Friedlaender Scholarship. In May of 2017, he received his M.M. from New England Conservatory where he studied under the tutelage of Paul Katz and Kim Kashkashian. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Hersh was a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for studies in Berlin, where he continues to study with Nicolas Altstaedt at Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik Berlin. He plays a G.B. Rogeri cello on generous loan from a sponsor through Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in Chicago, IL.