Alex Pershounin has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States in both classical and jazz settings and has been featured as a performer and composer on such internationally recognized music events as Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, Europe’s Jazz Contest in Belgium, and New Orleans Jazz Fest, among many others. His performing credits include collaboration projects and appearances with world-class artists ranging from Bob Berg, Mulgrew Miller, Conrad Herwig, and Benny Golson to Itzhac Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, and Ray Charles, to name just a few. He also has recorded several commercially released compact disc albums and music to four full-length motion pictures. He holds DMA and MFA degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and MFA and BM degrees from Russia’s most prestigious music institution: Gnessins' State Academy of Music in Moscow. Dr. Pershounin is currently the string bass instructor at the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to coming to UNI, he served as an instructor of jazz studies and professor of bass studio at Columbus State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Westfield State College, University of Southern Mississippi, and various music institutions in Russia. His students won national and international competitions, were accepted in most prestigious music institutions, and successfully developed their own professional music careers. Originally from Cheboksary, Russia, he now lives in Cedar Falls and is currently in his fifth year playing with wcfsymphony.
“During my (five) years with wcfsymphony as a principal bass, I have truly enjoyed working with some incredible people: musicians, educators, and music enthusiasts of the highest caliber. It is clear that everyone here is driven to enrich the cultural life in the community of the Cedar Valley. This is efficiently achieved through the diversity of musical repertoire, the educational component program for the younger audiences, and the chamber music and ‘pops’ concert series presented throughout the area. The atmosphere of professionalism and mutual respect in the rehearsals and concerts helps everyone in the orchestra to have a great time while making some great music.”