Alex Paxton (1990) is a composer and improvising-trombonist based in the UK. His work draws upon a range of classical, experimental, electronic and folk music traditions to create a unique and explosive voice. He was elected to the 9th International Composition Seminar with Ensemble Modern, has won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, Dankworth Jazz Prize from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, Leverhume Art Scholar Prize, and Harriet Cohen Music Award. He was appointed as London Symphony Orchestra Panufnik Composer, represented the UK in the orchestral section of International Society of Contemporary Music and was commissioned by legendary American multi-instrumentalist John Zorn to contribute to Arcana X 2021.
Alex has performed his music with leading orchestras including: Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, The Philharmonia Orchestra (UK), Royal National Scottish Orchestra and Ensemble x.y. He has also written pieces for for ensembles including: London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Psappa, National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He has written six operas: FOR the LOVE of THORNSTIEN SHIVER, BEL and the DRAGON, WOOLF MUSIC, EQUIVOCAL HARRIET, NOGGIN the WHALE and RAVEN’s CHILD hosted by: English National Opera, Helios Collective, Tête à Tête Festival, Second Movement Opera.
Alex has also written extensively for community settings and for young performers, working across the UK as an educator in creative-music making and composition tutor for the National Youth Orchestra. Alex studied jazz-trombone and composing as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Collage of Music in London.