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Alex Orfaly

HMP Compositions

Biography

Alex Orfaly (b. 1974) is a freelance percussionist and composer in the Boston area.  He has performed with orchestras worldwide, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic, Palau de Les Arts in Spain, and currently serves as timpanist for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho.  He has a growing body of percussion pieces to his credit, including his Concerto for Brass and Percussion, premiered in 2004 by the New World Symphony.  His first Divertissement, written in 2001 for solo timpani and percussion ensemble won Second Prize in the Percussive Arts Society composition competition, his Rhapsody No. 2 for solo timpani won First Prize in 2006 and his Improvvisatto Contrasto for timpani solo won first prize in 2010.  His highly entertaining Mean Man’s March, based on the human and canine social complexities of the dog park, was premiered in 2011 by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, which will also premiere his latest work, Cowboy Bill for orchestra with narrator in August 2012.