Basil Alter: Music at St. Mary's Summer concert

Music at St. Mary's Summer concert Thursday, August 22, 7pm at St. Mary's

Basil Alter, violinist and composer, is presenting a concert of his original music for violin/piano, violin/bass and String quartet. 

Hailed by the Commercial Appeal as a “teenage virtuoso,” Basil Alter is a violinist in Memphis, Tennessee. Originally from Clinton, South Carolina, he began violin lessons with his mother, and gave his first public recital when he was 3.

Shortly after moving to Memphis at age 12 he began studies with Joy Wiener, Concertmaster Emeritus of the Memphis Symphony. He was appointed concertmaster of the Walker Chamber Ensemble in 2015, and in March of 2016, he premiered composer Jerald Walker's "Violin Concerto No. 1" with the orchestra. At age 16, he was accepted into the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music studying violin with Dr. Marcin Arendt and composition with Dr. Kamran Ince.

At the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, he was the violinist of the Contemporary Chamber Players and concertmaster of all three of the schools symphonic and opera orchestras. Additionally, he is concertmaster of Sinfonietta Memphis, an orchestra focused performance practice of the classical period.

As a composer/arranger, his works have been performed across the US, including at the Cannon Center for the City of Memphis's Martin Luther King Jr. 50 Year Memorial, the Contemporary Chamber Players under Kamran Ince, and by the University of Memphis String Orchestra at Clayborn Temple, and his arrangements can be heard for local artists on Blue TOM records.

He currently studies at Manhattan School of Music in New York, NY with Albert Markov.