Alexander Rees was born in Moscow, Russia in 1941. He was educated at the Gnesin Institute (now called the Russian Academy of Music), one of the world’s most prominent music conservatories, where he received his Doctorate degree and embarked on a music career. Dr. Rees became a professor of viola and chamber music at the same institute, where he trained hundreds of students who have become well-known professors in music conservatories, solo artists, and performers in major orchestras all over the world. Dr. Rees performed as a soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. He played with prestigious chamber groups, such as the Borodin String Quartet, Svyatoslav Richter chamber ensemble, Madrigal Baroque Ensemble, and many others. He toured extensively in the former Soviet Union and Europe.
In 1993 Dr. Rees immigrated to America and settled in New York City. He has continued his music career as a solo and chamber music performer with various orchestras such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Luke’s Orchestra, and others, on major stages such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is an adjunct professor at Fordham University and teaches music in his own private studio.
Dr. Rees is also known as an artist. His artistic career began in his teens. Since that time, he has spent his life producing sketches and paintings, hidden from the public for many years, by choice, existing only in a few private collections. After the publication of his book Moscow-New York-Moscow, at the end of 2003, Dr. Rees received several offerings to exhibit his paintings and decided to open his works to the public for viewing and sale. The book was successfully received at the International Exhibition of Non-Fiction Books in Moscow, and it highlights his large series of landscapes of these two great cities. Soon after the publication of his book, Dr. Rees had two exhibitions through the Russian-American Heritage Society in New York City, a personal exhibition in Larchmont Public Library, Larchmont, NY, Amalgamated Community Art Exhibition in NY, and a few of his works are currently on exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Russian Art in Jersey City, NJ. Concurrently, a few articles considering his artwork have appeared in US-Russian media such as the New Russian Word, and others. He has been interviewed by RTN’s talk show Contact. The Caprice of Destiny, a Moscow printed almanac, containing selections of works of famous Russian writers, artists, poets, and critics, including such names as Alexander Mezirov and Naum Korzavin, Sergey Dovlatov and Dina Rubina, Vladimir Voinovich and Viktor Nekrasov, has dedicated an article to Dr. Rees titled: Musician and Artist -Alexander Rees.
In 2003, Dr. Rees was elected a member of the International Academy of Sciences, Education, and Arts (United States Branch), which includes such performers as Yehudi Menuhin and Mstislav Rostropovich.