19 year-old composer Alexander Papp holds a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music studying composition with Gary Carpenter. Alex previously studied at the Purcell School, is a Composer alumni of the National Youth Orchestra and in 2016/17 was an Associate Composer with the Britten Sinfonia Academy. In 2016 he was a prizewinner in the RPS Duet Young Composer Prize and in 2017 he won the RSNO ‘Notes from Scotland’ Young Composer Prize.
We caught up with Alexander Papp, one of our “fab five” composers who are finalists in the ERSO emerging composers’ competition: “A Fanfare for Ernest Read”.
We’re so excited to work on his excellent fanfare in our workshop final on March 15th.
Alex told us about his inspiration:
“It was only four years ago that I became convinced I wanted to become a composer and I am fortunate enough to be able to pin point the exact moment I knew this. I was at Junior Guildhall playing the second violin in Dvorak’s 7th Symphony and the second movement made me feel a way I had never felt before. I became in love with the music, obsessed to the point that I can literally tell a story about what I think the music is saying. The fact that a composer made me feel this way inspires me to do the same, and I aim to create a form of storytelling is within my music.”