Alexander Freund

Georgia State University

Born in Weimar, Germany, Alexander is the Professor of Trumpet at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, and Secodn Trumpet at The Atlanta Opera. After initial studies with Bettina Fabiunke and Rainer Auerbach (Staatskapelle Berlin), he studied at the University of Arts in Berlin with Prof. Robert Platt and Prof. Konradin Groth (Berlin Philharmonic) and at the University of Music and Theatre in Saarbru?cken with Prof. Peter Leiner (Radio Orchestra Saarbru?cken, “Das Rennquintett”). He has a doctoral degree from McGill University in Montreal, where he studied with Prof. Richard Stoelzel. He participated in masterclasses with Jens Lindemann, Ryan Anthony, Marc Gould, Fred Mills, Reinhold Friedrich, Hannes La?ubin and many others.               

Alexander has been invited to play with well-known orchestras in Germany, Spain, Mexico and the US, for example the Berlin State Opera, the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony orchestra, Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in Guadalajara, the Semper Opera Dresden and many others. He worked under conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Metha, Semyon Bychkov, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Garry Bertini, Arthur Fagen, Michael Gielen and Lothar Zagrosek.               

Alex was Co-Principal Trumpet with the Opera of Bremen (2001-2003), Soloist at the Deutsches Theater Berlin (1998-2000) and played for 2 years in Walt Disney's Berlin-production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (2000-2002). In Me?xico he was principal trumpet of the Michoaca?n Symphony Orchestra (2005- 2009), the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra (2000) and the Mineri?a Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City (2003). From 2005 to 2016 he was trumpet professor at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Michoaca?n, the oldest conservatory of the Americas.

Alexander is a founding member of the internationally renowned brass quintet M5 MEXICAN BRASS. Since its foundation in 2005, the group has performed many more than 1500 concerts in 5 continents; venues include the J.F.Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Mexico City’s Nezahualcoyotl Concert Hall, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, numerous international festivals as the Cartagena Music Festival in Colombia, the Sauerland Herbst in Germany, Morelia Music Festival in Mexico, the Festival International de la Musique Classique in Algiers, Algeria, etc.             

As a soloist, Alexander has performed in Germany, Mexico, Spain, the US, Canada, Peru, Korea, Italy, Monaco and France. In 2009 he premiered Alexander Pashkov’s Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra, written for him. In 2019 Alexander performed the American continent-premiere of Siegfried Matthus’ Concerto for Trumpet, Timpani and Wind Instruments, originally composed for the 100thanniversary of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1981.       

Alex gives masterclasses, lectures and conferences all over the world and is frequently invited as jury member for international competitions, as most recently at the Jeju International Brass Competition. In South Korea. Bering a certified Meditation Teacher, he includes this subject into his musical pedagogy. He has created the accredited seminar “Mindfulness & Meditation for Musicians” at Georgia State University.