Piano - French Horn
Alex Stening is a multi-instrumentalist whose performance and teaching experience ranges from classical and orchestral, to jazz, improvisation, pop and video game music. Alex is a graduate from the New England Conservatory with a Master of Music Degree in music performance studying with Eli Epstein, former second horn of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Grandson of jazz trumpet player Lou Colombo, Alex performed on piano and drums at 11 years old in jazz clubs throughout southwest Florida and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He began playing music by ear but also had extensive classical piano training studying with JoAnn Dorsey-Brown and Dr. Michael Baron, professor of piano at Florida Gulf Coast University.
As an orchestral player, Alex has performed with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Florida Orchestra and more and has had performances with distinguished artists such as Andrea Bocelli and Byron Stripling. He spent previous summers attending the Aspen Music Festival and School and Eastern Music Festival under the direction of major conductors including Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, Joann Falletta and Gerard Schwarz.
A passionate athlete, while being starting point guard on his high school basketball team, Alex developed an elbow injury and was forced to temporarily quit piano and drums. Loving the sound of brass instruments, he then switched to the French horn at age 17 to continue his musical journey which has led him to be passionate about all genres of music and musician wellness.
Alex also specializes in teaching efficient practice methods to improve quickly without spending hours in the practice room - a method applicable to every student but especially for adult music students with busy lives.
"In addition to music theory and technique, my students learn how to play by ear through fun ear training exercises and how to create their own music or sounds that appeal to them. My goal as a teacher is to find out what excites my students in life and show how music can relate to their interests while expressing that learning an instrument is a way for kids to practice good habits for a successful future."