Alex was born in the town of Belper in Derbyshire, UK, however he spent the first year of his life living in Freetown, Sierra Leone where his grandfather, Barthes Wilson, was Minister of Education. Following his grandfather’s death, Alex’s family returned to the UK for 9 years, followed by 6 years in Vienna.
Alex then finished his high school education at the International School of Geneva, by which time he had discovered his passion for jazz and the piano. He went on to study Electronic Engineering at the Universities of York (UK) and Santa Barbara (USA), while maintaining a parallel career as a student musician.
Following graduation, Alex moved to London and became professional, quickly working his way up from smaller concerts to playing international concert venues and festivals. In 2001, Alex went on to win the BBC Rising Jazz Star award and in 2019, Alex won the LUKAS Award for Jazz in Europe.
Now based in Switzerland, he has performed in over 60 countries with numerous renown artists and continues to grow and develop as a musician, composer and arranger.
He has nine albums under his own name, including the Mali Latino collaboration with Malian griot, Madou Sidiki Diabaté, which won a “Top of the World” accolade from Songlines Magazine.
With a prolific career in writing for screen, Alex has clocked up over 25 production music albums, with compositions placed on television worldwide through EMI and Warner.
During the first Covid lockdown, Alex launched his new company “emotions through music and film”, to create video productions which attracted clients as diverse as pastors from the church to motivational speakers to music schools to corporate clients – all having one thing in common: benefitting from the intense emotions and complete dedication Alex puts into all his media production and live work.
Wynton Marsalis (guest appearance with the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra at London Barbican Concert Halls 2010 & 2012), Rodrigo y Gabriela (world tour), Ernest Ranglin (including farewell worldwide tour 2016), Hugh Masakela, Courtney Pine, Malia, Mike Lindup (Steinway Two Piano Festival), Jason Rebello (Steinway Two Piano Festival), Jazz Jamaica, Snowboy & The Latin Section, Ira Coleman, Bobby Watson, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, Tito Allen, Tito Gomez, Maelo Rivera, Cano Estremera, Camilo Azuquitar, Sandra Cross, Terell Stafford, Juliet Roberts, Kandia Kouyate, Ahmed Fofana, Madou Sidiki Diabaté, Antonio Forcione, Shuba Mugdal, Unnati Dasgupta, Pandit Dinesh, Kuljit Bhamra, Xuacu Amieva
Read what other fellow artists, producers, songwriters and festival managers have to say about Alex:
Lucy Landymore percussionist The World of Hans Zimmer
I am a professional drummer/percussionist regularly on tour with film composer Hans Zimmer, also performing with other projects around the world, including Igudesman & Joo and my own solo concerts.read more
Rodrigo y Gabriela Grammy-winning Artists
We are so happy and very well impressed, his playing is fantastic, his arrangements are fantastic, he gets involved giving 100% … Gracias gracias gracias Alex!read more
Ross Dines Head of Programming Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London Latin Jazz Festival
You were excellent at every step of the way. HUGE well done for such a great job!!! I’m mightily impressed!read more
Gwyn Jay Allen Jazz Artist
Alex is a consummate professional with great integrity and a passion for his work. His vast experience, musical knowledge and infectious energy makes him a joy to work with.read more
Phillipa Reive Head of Education, Aldeburgh Music
Your energy, positivity, commitment and connection to this work is second to none.read more
German Silva Latin Artist
Thank you Alex , you really know your music inside out, your creativity and professionalism has certainly taken my music to the next level… always a pleasure creating musical magic with you.read more
Irene Hofstetter Executive Producer
I have been working with Alex Wilson on several projects in different genres and I have come to appreciate him greatly not only as the virtuous pianist and inspired and professional producer he is, but especially also for his generous and integrative nature and his respectful ways.read more
Annina Steinmann Chorsängerin
Wow, ich hab in kürzester Zeit eine Überarbeitung meiner Aufnahmen erhalten! Bin super zufrieden!!! Vielen Dank, ich kann Alex nur weiter empfehlen! Super professionell!!!read more
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