Wayland School of Music
Aleksandre Roderick-Lorenz

“Alex is an amazing teacher. They are extremely musical and taught M___ that playing notes is easy, but understanding the music and its value is what is important. They are strict but at the same time all the students enjoyed their classes. They put their maximum effort in helping students understand."
- Parent of student from age 6 up

“Aleksandre teaches in a way which makes it obvious that they love to educate and help students achieve their goals. We believe that any student who gets to work with them is very lucky!"
- Director, International School of Music, Miami, Florida

“Aleksandre the magical musician – a daring young artist, and a transcendent musician breaking all boundaries!"
- Lori Singer, American actress and cellist

Aleksandre Roderick-Lorenz
Viola, Violin

Venezuelan violist, conductor and pedagogue Aleksandre Roderick-Lorenz hails from Caracas where their musical foundation began under the auspices of the famed "El Sistema" organisation. They received their BMus degree from Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music, where they won first prize in the Concerto Competition and were awarded the Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Their principal teachers were Laura Bossert, Richard Fleischmann and Michael Klotz; they also coached with Steve Ansell. Terry King, Peter Zazofsky and Ivo Jan van der Werff.

A passionate teacher, Aleksandre serves on the faculty of Miami's ViolaFest at the New World School of Arts, the ArtsAhimsa Music Festical, and formerly at the International School of Music in Miami, where they are still a visiting artist. In New York they served as Teaching Assistant to Professor Laura Bossert at Syracuse University, and as the musical director of La Casita Cultural Center.

Aleksandre is a member of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) and principal violist of the Lyrica Boston ChamberOrchestra. As a chamber musician, they have collaborated with an eclectic roster of artists including Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Mathis, Celtic Woman and the Electric Light Orchestra, Stephen Hough, Christopher O'Riley and Natalie Cole, among many others. Aleksandre has performed at the Latin Grammy, Billboard Music Awards, Premios Juventud, Miami Life Awards, Lo Nuestro Awards, and has made numerous televised appearances for Venevision, America TV, Ávila TV, Mega TV, Telemundo and Univision.

Aleksandre won first prize at Univision-Sabado Gigante’s Televised Talent Performance, and recently made their national radio debut at WQXR’s McGraw Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase with Robert Sherman.

Meet Aleksandre

  1. How/what age did you start your instrument?
    My first instrument was actually voice - I began to sing when I was about 8 years old - and then I learned how to play guitar and a folk instrument from Venezuela known as “el cuatro.” I had a rather late start on the viola in my teen years, but it soon became evident that my heart had been stolen forever.
  2. Did you come from a musical family?
    There is definitely an artistic vein in my family: my father is a professional actor. However, I like to think of myself as the first serious musician in the family.
  3. Best or funniest (or even worst!) musical memory from childhood?
    I remember speaking to my friends after having performed Beethoven’s Septet, about the crazy idea of putting together the humorous Schleptet by PDQ Bach. They all quickly agreed to do it under the condition that be their conductor. A couple of weeks later, we got to perform the work for maestro Peter Schickele (the composer himself!!!) who was rather sensational and extremely funny.
  4. A highlight or two from your performing career:
    In 2015, I became the recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation from Miami Dade County Office of the Major and Board of County Commissioners in recognition of my artistry and work in South Florida. I also feel extremely honoured to have been a 1st prize medallist for two competitions in Florida and one in New York.
  5. What do you love about teaching?
    I believe that teaching comes from sharing. I love to help each and every one of my students develop their gift and understanding of music. Learning to play an instrument is a formative, fun and inclusive process for both teacher and student. I enjoy seeing my pupils progress and ultimately, finding their voice and telling their own story through music.
  6. What would you like your students to know about you?
    We can have a lot of fun together when it comes to learning. I am a very charismatic and meticulous teacher. I do expect my students to practice and come prepared for their lesson every week.
  7. Can you share a non-musical fun fact about you?
    When the instrument case is closed, I enjoy travelling, learning French, dancing salsa and exercising. I am also a Spanish Literature teacher!