THE FIDDLER—Alex DePue
Alex DePue began studying classical violin at age five. He won his first university-level solo- artist competition at age 10, and later (age 14) won a competition which awarded a performance at NYC’s Carnegie Hall, serving as Concertmaster under the direction of Joseph Silverstein for the National Guild Youth Symphony Orchestra. He continues to appear as guest soloist with orchestras and music festivals, worldwide.
Alex DePue’s orchestral education involved participation with his local youth orchestra by age seven (under Estelle Ciofarri, now Dobbins) and progressed with an invitation to join the Bowling Green Philharmonia, the top college-level orchestra at Bowling Green State University, while still only a high school freshman, all-the-while, spending Summers as Concertmaster for the All-State (and also Regional) Orchestra(s) in Columbus, Ohio. This regimen comprised what was a “normal” year for DePue all the way through High School.
Especially fortunate for DePue, BGSU became a revolving door for Music Directors during that time, and included some now-prestigious names who stepped on up to that particular podium at the school. Alex DePue served as concertmaster under the baton of Robert Spano (now with Atlanta Symphony), Grzegorz Nowak (now with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London), and finally, as DePue’s “official” full-scholarship for study began at BGSU in 1990, Dr. Emily Freeman-Brown took the podium and maintains the position to this day. Simultaneously, Alex balanced his life as a college student with professional work as a violin substitute for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yuval Zaliouk. By the end of DePue’s reign as concertmaster for BGSU, he had logged thousands of hours under the batons of these heavy hitters in the Classical music world and had begun the first Undergraduate String Quartet, playing viola in the ensemble.
In 1988, Alex DePue took a full scholarship ride to the esteemed Batiquitos Music Festival in Carlsbad, CA with Yehudi Menuhin as the Festival Chair, to study with Dr. Eugene Gratovich, and, under the direction of Leonid Grin, worked alongside legendary pianist Gary Graffman, again as concertmaster, this time for the Batiquitos Festival Orchestra. Alex DePue’s private teachers include Aaron Rosand, Camilla Wicks, Stacy Phelps, Dr. Eugene Gratovich, Dr. Paul Makara, Dr. Bernard Linden, and chamber-music coaching with world-renowned pianist, Jerome Rose.
Despite decades of intense classical training, Alex became interested in fiddling at age seven, and began competing in “fiddle” contests. He reigned as the Michigan State Fiddling Champion from 1986-1990, won the first-place trophy at the Walnut Valley National Fiddling Championship in Winfield, Kansas in 1999 and 2005, first place in the Halletsville, TX “Gone to Texas National Fiddling Championship” in 2000, first place in the Alabama state fiddle contest in 2006 and 2007, and first place in the California state fiddle contest in 2007. Also in 2006, he was deemed, “Fiddle King” in Athens, AL (Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention). Alex served as a judge at the National Old-time Fiddling Championship (Weiser, ID) in 2008, and in 2010 and 2011, won first place in the Twin Fiddle division while ranking among the Top 10 finalists in the Grand National Championship division.
Alex DePue’s YouTube videos are from all parts of the globe, and his #1 YouTube hit (featured for three weeks on YouTube’s home-page), “Owner of a Lonely Heart/Smooth Criminal”‘ (Yes and Michael Jackson, respectively) has been viewed worldwide over four million times (re-posting).
Alex toured as Musical Director with Capitol Recording artist Chris Cagle from 2000-2006, with whom he still regularly appears (syndicate) on the Grand Ole Opry, CMT, Great American Country and VH1 Country.
From 2007 – 2010, Mr. DePue joined legendary rock guitarist, Steve Vai, for a world tour that took him across North America, South America and Europe. 2010 continued celebration for Vai’s 2009 DVD release, “Steve Vai: Where the WILD THINGS Are” (a live concert music-movie co-featuring DePue), its GRAMMY nomination for Best Live Rock Instrumental Performance at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards and Gold Record (award issued to each band/cast member) from the Recording Industry Association of America in recognition of “Gold” sales status in both the US and Canada (Platinum Award from the Canadian Recording Industry Association). Vai and DePue remain close colleagues, and continue to collaborate behind the scenes. As the result of this world-tour with Steve Vai, DePue’s YouTube videos are now from all parts of the globe, and his #1 YouTube hit (featured for three weeks on YouTube’s home-page), “Owner of a Lonely Heart/Smooth Criminal”‘ (Yes and Michael Jackson, respectively) has been viewed worldwide over four million times (re-posting).
Alex DePue (with Mexican guitarist, Miguel De Hoyos) performed in Rio de Janeiro as special guests for the global launch of “ArtsGames”, an effort to bring the arts back into the International spotlight, in conjunction with the Summer Olympics (August 11th, 2016). Aside from touring the world as acoustic music’s new “phenom” duo, they partnered for two recordings, as well. They are best-seller, “Underground Whispers”, and “Twisted Strings”, both still widely available online in digital form, and, of course, through tangible hard copies, found at the new Spontaneous Records website.
In 2011 Alex released another solo recording entitled, “STAGES”, which features a freshly rocked (Vai) sound, along with the wild arrangements that won the Twin Fiddle Division at the Nat’l Fiddling Championship, two years in a row. In 2015, Alex released another solo project entitled, “All 4 1”, focused on the vast array of styles available to the violin, including all genres. Alex’s most popular recording, “The Fiddler”, was his first professional studio effort (1999) and centers around the more bluegrass sound with which he continued mastering. His latest studio effort (2018) “Modern Paganini”, has been extolled as one of the greatest fiddle records ever produced. Those recordings can be found at all of the most popular platforms for digital music available online. For PHYSICAL copies, however, including ALL DePue music, please tune in to www.spontaneousrecords.com , and enjoy the rather lengthy discography of the finest fiddle / violin music to be found, all under one “roof”. Click Spontaneous Records and we’ll have your order at your doorstep in just days.
With the increasingly popular DePue Brothers Band, including all four violin-playing DePue Brothers, Wallace (former concertmaster, Philadelphia Pops), Jason (1st Vln. Philadelphia Orchestra) and Zachary (former concertmaster, Indianapolis Symphony and founding member of popular string trio “Time For Three”), they played on the soundtrack and composed one of the pieces for the Philadelphia Orchestra documentary, “Music from the Inside Out”, and the brothers have also recorded for NFL Films. Alex produced the band’s first album, “Weapons of Grass Construction”, and for over a decade, the DePue Brothers Band continue to tour their Holiday-Season smash show (“The DePue Brothers Band Magical Grassical Holiday Tour”) each December, performing cuts from their follow-up album, “When It’s Christmas Time”, also produced by brother Alex. (Both albums available at Spontaneous Records.)
In 2011, Mr. DePue launched “The DePue Brothers’ International Fiddle Competition”, to benefit music programs throughout his hometown (Bowling Green, OH City Schools) and also released his second solo recording, STAGES, on which he is performing all instruments heard. That year, he performed in Chicago to an audience of 40,000 with actor/singer Kevin Costner.
With a background in classical violin, along with the ability to turn on a dime towards bluegrass fiddling, jazz, rock, and/or any improvisational style available to the instrument, Alex is also fluent on the viola, mandolin, guitar, bass, drums and piano.
Alex DePue maintains a select number of students per year through private online instruction via Skype. If you are serious about studying the violin, please contact: email@example.com .
Aside from extensive touring and teaching, Alex DePue produces albums for singers, song- writers, and instrumentalists. As an independent record producer with in-house recording studio (OVNI Studios), in-house record label (Spontaneous Records), and in-house publishing company (Compulsive Fiddler Publishing) registered with ASCAP, he can (and will) record whatever is your wish for any project, and send you back the new file within 24 hours. Need a string section? Look no further. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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