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Alexander Bruck was born in 1975 in Cologne, Germany, to a Mexican mother and a German father. He played violin and french horn in his childhood. After moving to Mexico in 1991, he studied viola at the Vida y Movimiento music college and philosophy at the National University. He was a member of the Carlos Chávez Youth Orchestra from 1995 to 99, and the National Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2012. After studying in Paris with Garth Knox from 2003 to 2006, he devoted himself increasingly to contemporary music and improvisation, working closely with many Latin American composers, and giving the first performances of many pieces for solo viola, performing in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and Europe. Since 2006 he is a member of the mexican free improvising band Generación Espontánea. The urge for a more stable platform to share his interest in contemporary music with fellow Mexico City musicians led to the foundation, in 2011 of Liminar, the first independent ensemble in the country of its size and scope. Alexander Bruck teaches viola and chamber music at the National Center for the Arts’ Escuela Superior de Música. Amongst other festivals and summer schools, he has taught at the Academia Cervantina, the educational program for contemporary music of Mexico’s largest festival, and the Festival Internacional de Música de Querétaro. He is also the founder and curator of the contemporary music series tonalÁtonal at the Goethe Institut Mexico City.

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