Alex Koffman


Alex Koffman

Alex Koffman (Band Director and Violinist) received his Master’s Degree in classical music from the Conservatory of Minsk in Belarus. In 1990, after immigrating to America, Alex studied with Albert Igolnikov of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Alex joined Maxwell Street Klezmer Band in 1990 and soon after became its Musical Director and arranger. In 2008, Alex was the featured soloist in the world premiere of Klezmer Rhapsody by Chicago composer Ilya Levinson, in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, which was performed again in Symphony Hall in 2014 with Chicago Sinfonietta. In 2015, Alex was featured in Lyric Opera of Chicago's World Premier Klezmer Opera, The Property. Through the Klezmer Music Foundation, Alex is the leader of two Chicago- area community bands and The Junior Klezmer Orchestra.

 

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