Since I featured young composer and pianist Alex Woolf in the early weeks of my Meet the Artist interview series in 2012, I have been following his fortunes via Kickstarter, a crowd-sourcing platform which enables people to fund projects of all shapes and sizes.
The recipient of a number of important awards, including BBC Young Composer, Cambridge Young Composer of the Year and the NCEM Young Composers Award 2012, and principal composer of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Alex’s work has been praised by Gramophone magazine and International Record Review, and has been performed and recorded by top artists including the Tallis Scholars, tenor Nicky Spence and pianist Malcolm Martineau, and the orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Now Alex is about to fulfill a long-held ambition, to compose and record his first album, ‘Red Handed’, featuring music for his first love, the piano. All the tracks on the album are performed by Alex and are inspired, in one way or another, by colour. Alex’s successful Kickstarter campaign provided the funding for the recording, and the album presents a journey through Alex’s unique sound-world: breathtakingly vibrant and deeply moving in equal measure.
The album will be released on 1st October and is available as a physical CD or digital download. For further information about Alex Woolf’s album please go to http://alexwoolf.bandcamp.com/album/red-handed. Join me in supporting this exciting young artist.
A taster of Alex’s new album:
Hear a sample of Alex’s work