Alex Gurchinoff

Photo Credit: Tim Edwards

Bachelor of Music
Performance; Saxophone

Alex Gurchinoff is an avid learner and performer, with deep interests in music, history, political science, and economics. Alex grew up in Forest, VA; a small community with a small arts scene. Seeing no way to continue music locally, Alex sought lessons in North Carolina and D.C., before going to complete his senior year of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan. While studying at the University of Michigan, Alex grew to love watching all of the different sports teams, as he found their teamwork, culture, and constant effort inspirational. Drawing on this inspiration, Alex took a collaborative, hard-work mindset to his quartet rehearsals with Cerulean Quartet. Together with friends and quartet members Salvador Flores, Brian Kachur, and Mitchell Luttermoser, Alex and Cerulean placed 3rd at the 2019 Briggs Chamber Competition, performed at the 2020 Michigan Collage Concert&#8212receiving the Gottlieb Variations Award for distinguished performances&#8212and made semi-finals at the 2020 bi-annual National American Saxophone Alliance quartet competition in Tempe, AZ. After graduation, Alex is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration at the University of Virginia. However, regardless of where this new path takes him, Alex will always be a musician.

Achievements

3rd Place, 2019 Briggs Chamber Competition
2020 Michigan Collage Concert, Gottlieb Recipient
Semifinalists, NASA Quartet Division 2020