A musician of extraordinary energy and versatility.
American pianist Alexandre Marr enjoys an active and diversified career as a soloist, music director, collaborator, and educator.
Alexandre’s passion for the piano began at age 10 under acclaimed soprano and pianist, Victoria Auth. Following several Ohio solo debut recitals, he continued his studies with Gerardo Teissonnière of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Steinway Artist Donna Lee. While in pursuit of his degree, he performed in masterclasses under Fei Fei Li and the renowned Michelle Cann. Alexandre holds a Master of Music (M.M.) in Piano Performance from Kent State University and now holds a position on the collaborative piano faculty at his alma mater's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music.
In 2010, Alexandre won both the Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University concerto competitions, performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor with the Kent State Symphony Orchestra in 2012. In 2019, he recorded and gave the world premiere of composer Rick Dailey's The Abacus and the Rose, a song cycle for voice and piano, alongside soprano Merissa Coleman. Alexandre's latest music video of Fauré's Élégie, Op. 24 with Colombian cellist Alexander Numpaque was featured by Steinway & Sons as part of their 2020 marketing campaign. Alexandre recently took 1st Prize alongside duo partner Greta Pasztor in the 2021 Gloria Artis International Music Competition for a 2 piano recital program featuring the music of Bach, Brahms, Bolcom, and Liszt.
In addition to an active performance schedule, Alexandre maintains thriving private studios in both Akron and Cleveland teaching in-person and remote lessons to over 30 weekly students of all ages and skill levels.
Currently, Alexandre serves as Director of Music both at Church of the Western Reserve in Cleveland and at Temple Israel of Canton. In 2020 he took on the role of Artistic Director for the CWR Concert Series, a monthly concert series in Cleveland at Church of the Western Reserve. He holds the position of collaborative pianist for the Akron Symphony Chorus and for Temple Israel of Akron. Previous collaborative appointments have included Akron-based Singers Companye under Samuel Gordon and the Cleveland Chamber Choir under Scott McPherson.
Aside from classical music, Alexandre holds a passion for musical theatre. He has musically directed several professional theatrical productions including Songs for a New World performed at EJ Thomas Hall in 2017 and was appointed Music Director for Porthouse Theatre's upcoming July 2022 production of Godspell. Alongside co-founder Merissa Coleman, Alexandre launched The Cabaret Project in partnership with Akron's BLU Jazz +, one of the nation's top jazz venues. Going on it's 4th year, the project has sold out all performances since its inception and is slated to continue its mission of bringing a live cabaret scene to Northeast Ohio. In 2019, Alexandre produced and musically directed Cabaret for a Cure, a cancer benefit concert in collaboration with The Akron Civic Theatre featuring acclaimed vocalist Natalie Weiss.
An inspiring, in-demand artist and leader, Alexandre looks forward to a future filled with music.