Alexander Danson

Artist Teacher of Jazz Piano
School of Music

Degrees

B.Mus., National University of Music Bucharest
M.Mus., University of Redlands

Bio

Alex is a classically trained pianist and composer, with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano and Composition from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania (in 1982), and a Masters degree in Music Composition from University of Redlands, California (in 2008).

Born in Bucharest, Romania, he began playing piano at age 7. While a student at the University, he started tutoring and giving piano lessons. Besides his formal classical training, Alex also began to be interested in Jazz and popular music, and started performing in clubs and at Jazz Festivals.

In 1986 he relocated to Sweden and toured Europe with such groups as the Platters. He later taught piano and music at the Falkoping’s Music School.

Alex moved to California in 1998 and set up a Music and Video studio, working on projects for Christian Chalifour, The Coyotes, Randy Riggs, Robert Kunkel, Dewey Terry (music), Champion Bearing, Coachella Valley Symphony Orchestra and Desert Adventures (video), to name just a few. He continued working as a piano and music teacher, as well as freelance pianist throughout the Coachella Valley. Since 2006, he is the music director for the Presbyterian Church in Palm Springs.

Alex is a member of the Music Teachers of the Desert (MTOD), local chapter for California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), since 2005.

Courses Taught at Redlands

Applied Jazz Piano