Hailed as “clearly gifted with intelligence and musicality” by the New York Concert Review, Alexander Hurd has garnered critical acclaim for his performances of repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Ligeti. Recent highlights include regular performances with the Buffalo Chamber Players in works by Barber, Liptak, and Harbison; Britten centenary concerts in Cincinnati and Fredonia; Bach’s solo cantata “Ich habe genug” with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra; premieres of works by Robert Dennis in Buffalo and New York City; and an appearance with the Norwalk Symphony in Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols.
Cantos, a disc devoted to the vocal works of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, was released by Bridge Records in 2010. Shadow of the Blues, Hurd’s recording of songs by John Musto, was released by Centaur Records in 2009. It features twenty-four of the composer’s songs, including nine world-premiere recordings.
He is the winner of the 2005 Joy In Singing Award and made his New York recital debut in 2006. In 2004 he received 2nd prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. A Fulbright grantee, he devoted a year to studying Lieder in Stuttgart, Germany. He earned fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival.
He earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in voice performance and history from Oberlin College and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He currently teaches at Baldwin Wallace University, and has served on the voice faculties of SUNY-Potsdam, SUNY-Buffalo, and SUNY-Fredonia.