Alejandro Consolación II (b. 1980)
III. Choral Variations
Suite Alejandro D. Consolación II enjoys a dual career as organist and composer. He studied organ with Armando Salarza, Matthew Lewis and Thomas Dressler. He also attended master classes with Guy Bovet and Johann Trummer. He finished his Masters in Organ Performance at Westminster Choir College at Rider University and Performance diploma at the Royal School of Music in London with distinction.
AJ, as his friends fondly call him, was a member of the artistic board and the resident composer for the International Bamboo Organ (2006-2011), the Artist-in-residence and Organist at the Union Church of Manila, and was an Organ Scholar at the Trinity Church in Princeton, New Jersey. He is presently the Director of Music at the United Methodist Church in Whitehouse, New Jersey.
He was a finalist in Organ Improvisation Competition in Detmold Germany (2013) and won second place at the Organ Improvisation Competition at the University of Michigan, sponsored by the American Guild of Organist. He was the first place winner at the composition competition at Westminster Choir College in 2013.
His prolific compositions vary from small- to large-scale choral works, music for solo instrument, chamber music and orchestra. The Asian Youth Choir at the Pablo Casals Hall in Tokyo premiered his Alleluia, which received the European premiere by the University of the East Chorale at the 2003 Guido d’Arrezo Competition in Italy, where they won the Polyphonic Category. The Pilgrims Mission Choir with Prof. Jae Joon, Lee premiered the Pater Noster in Chiesa Arcipretale in Mel, Italy, in 2010. The Misa Firenze was premiered in Taipei National Concert Hall and was recorded by the Taipei Choir and the Singphoniker conducted by Nieh Yeh-Hsiang under CPO label.
His works are published by Hinshaw, GIA and Pana Musica.