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Alex Ho is a British-Chinese composer based in London whose music explores transnational culture and identity. One of the London Symphony Orchestra's 'Soundhub' composers, Alex has had pieces performed/commissioned by the LSO, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House, National Opera Studio, Royal Academy of Dance, Psappha Ensemble, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Sixtrum, Ensemble Paramirabo, Roderick Williams, Sholto Kynoch, and the choirs of Christ Church Cathedral and Merton College, Oxford. His works have been heard in venues across the UK, Canada, Italy, Germany and China, on platforms including SoundState Festival (Southbank Centre, London), Sound Unbound (Barbican Centre, London), Hearing China (Shanghai Symphony Hall, Shanghai), Chinese Arts Now (LSO St. Luke's, London), Sound Festival (Aberdeen), nonclassical (London), Snape Maltings, Cheltenham Music Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, HighScore Festival (Pavia, Italy), and BBC Late Junction. Alex was joint-winner of the Philip Bates Composition Competition in 2016, one of Sound and Music's 'New Voices 2018', and a Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund Artist in 2019.  He is the co-director of Tangram, an artist collective opening up spaces beyond the China-West dichotomy.

Alex studied Music at Oxford University and graduated with first-class honours in 2016  before completing a master’s in composition at Cambridge University in 2017 where he was awarded the Arthur Bliss Prize in Composition for his final portfolio that attained the highest mark across the university. He is currently studying for a doctorate at the Royal College of Music with a full AHRC scholarship (LAHP Studentship supported by RCM). Alex is hugely grateful for the support he has received to further his musical development from Arts Council England, Help Musicians UK, PRS Foundation, RVW Trust, Les Azuriales Opera Trust, Susie Thompson and Jesus College, Cambridge.

photo credit: Kevin Leighton