Alex Vittal 
Violist - Teacher - Arranger

Alexander Vittal

Alexander Vittal grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and began studying viola in third grade.  He earned his B.M. in Viola Performance, graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University where he studied under Nancy Buck, and his M.M. in Viola Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado - Boulder, where he studied under Erika Eckert, Matthew Dane, and Geraldine Walther.

Vittal established himself as a leader, sitting in the principal violist chair for the ASU Symphony and Opera, and for the CU Chamber Orchestra and Opera.  As soloist, Vittal has been invited to perform in masterclasses for legendary violists Samuel Rhodes, Joseph de Pasquale, Yizhak Schotten, Larry Wheeler, and Karen Richter.  His passion for the intimacy of chamber music has lead to prolonged study with members of such world class ensembles as the St. Lawrence, Juilliard, Brentano, and Takàcs string quartets.

In addition to teaching viola, violin, and music theory privately in the Boulder, CO area and at Dana V. Music in Louisville, CO and mentoring the viola section of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra, Vittal also arranges music for a variety of ensembles.  He has written popular and classical music arrangements for the Orelia and Tetra (Phoenix, AZ) string quartets, opera, music theatre, and art song arrangements for viola and classical guitar duo, and Argentine tango music for Denver-based ensembles Extasis and Orquesta Tìpica Natural Tango, the latter a ten-piece ensemble of which he is also violist.  Some of his arrangements have been performed on Houston and Denver NPR, and on television in Phoenix, AZ.  In his free time, Vittal enjoys dancing Argentine tango, studying the viola da gamba and bandoneon, and running marathons.