African American, Native American, and Irish bassoonist Alexander Davis, is a native of and freelancer based in Detroit and New York City area. He has worked and performed with orchestras and series such as Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, CityMusic Cleveland, Symphony in C, New York Symphonic Ensemble, The Songwriters Orchestra, Rob Kapilow's "What Makes Music Great", Bach and Beyond Festival, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and Western New York Opera. Beginning September 2016, Alexander joined the Detroit Symphony as the African American Orchestral Fellow, under the direction of Music Director Leonard Slatkin and Principal Bassoonist, Bob Williams.
As a frequent chamber musician, Alexander has performed with many influential chamber artists, such as Carol Wincenc, Frank Morelli, Stephan Taylor, William Purvis, Artis Quartet, WindScape, Boris Berman, and the Imani Winds. An advocate of cross-cultural influences in music, Alexander, alongside Ana García Caraballos, has formed Xelana Duo, which comprises bassoon and saxophone.
Alexander won his first concerto competition at age 20, performing Weber’s Andante e Rondo Ungarese with the Fredonia Chamber Orchestra in 2012. That same year, he was chosen to play principal in a Scholarship Benefit concert featuring YoYo Ma playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto. Alexander has participated in summer festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Banff Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and Imani Winds Chamber Music Institute.
Alexander holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Performance from SUNY Fredonia, a Masters in Performance at Stony Brook University under the Turner Fellowship, and a Performer Certificate in Orchestral Performance at Manhattan School of Music. He has studied with renowned bassoonists Abraham Weiss, Laura Koepke, Frank Morelli, Michael Ma, Marcus Schoon and Bob Williams.