Since he first started composing, Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn has been concerned with the composer-performer-audience relationship. Aleks has strived to write music that is memorable and interesting, music that ranges from the humorous to the provocative.
Aleks's composition Joker's Wild recently received a Masterworks Prize from ERMMedia, which includes a recording by the Kiev Philharmonic and inclusion on ERM's CD series Masterworks of the New Era. Other awards include 1st place in the William R. Wiley Exposition in Fine Arts for his composition Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano in 2005, and an honorable mention for his string orchestra work Evolutions in the 2007 Adagio Competition held by the Fauxharmonic.
Aleks completed his master's degree in composition at Washington State University and his bachelor's degree from California State University, East Bay. Currently, he is completing a D.M.A. in composition from the Hartt School of Music.
As well as being an accomplished composer, Aleks is active as a conductor and string bassist. He serves as an instructor of music in theory and composition at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.