Alex Cap is a composer for film, video games, other visual media, and the concert stage with a background as a classical pianist. His most recent work includes scoring a documentary about the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, as well as several student short films. He was one of 19 international composers selected for the 2015 NYU Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker, undergoing critiques by and attending panels run by Ira Newborn (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Naked Gun 2 1/2), Mark Suozzo (The Nanny Diaries), Mark Snow (The X-Files), Sean Callery (24, Homeland), and Paul Chihara (China Beach). In the summer of 2014, Cap created the music and sound design for Sagittarius, a first-person rail-shooter designed for the Oculus Rift that won the August 2014 Dare to Be Digital game design competition at Abertay University in Scotland, and was nominated for a BAFTA “Ones to Watch” award. In June 2013, he scored 2 short films in the span of 48 hours during the 48 Hour Film Project in New York. One of the films, Post No Bills, earned him the Honorable Mention for Best Musical Score amid 60 other teams, only 15 of which (including Post No Bills) made it into the “Best of NY” screening. He also composed the music for Kairos, a video game designed at the 2012 Philly Game Jam that won the “Most Innovative” and “Judges Choice” awards against 9 other teams.
Cap has had the immense privilege of arranging and orchestrating for such luminaries as master flutist Sir James Galway, YouTube sensations Alex Boyé and Nick Pitera, theater moguls Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and Ben Toth, Branden James of America’s Got Talent renown, The American Boychoir, and Montclair University Symphony Orchestra, among others. His arrangements are performed regularly at American composer Tim Janis’s yearly American Christmas Carol concerts (one of the best holiday-themed stage productions in NYC alongside the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, according to CBS New York) at Carnegie Hall, the proceeds for which benefit Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation.
As a pianist, Cap has performed in all three of Carnegie’s prestigious halls, the National Opera Center, and in master classes in Prague with Charles University faculty Vit Gregor and in Washington DC with Eastman School of Music faculty Nelita True. In March 2013, he was invited to give a solo recital to rededicate a then recently inherited 1883 Steinway grand piano for the First Presbyterian Church of Titusville as part of their 175th anniversary celebrations. While at his undergraduate college, he provided music for the college president’s holiday parties and several alumni events.
Cap recently graduated from USC’s Thornton School of Music with a Master of Music in Screen Scoring, where he received the Betty Rose Collaboration Award and was selected for a mentorship with James Newton Howard via the Board of Councilors Mentorship Program. He previously studied piano under Tomoko Kanamaru at the College of New Jersey where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. In the five years between undergraduate and graduate school, he freelanced as a pianist, composer, and arranger and studied composition with Ken Lampl (Frontera, Kandisha). Currently, he resides in Los Angeles.
Select examples of my work scoring to picture are available on my video page.
04.11.17 – BMI, Dennis Sands, USC
02.16.16 – TCNJ Signal – Global Game Jam
01.11.16 – NJ Advance Media – Titusville Concert
04.09.15 – Trenton Times – Titusville Concert
04.09.15 – Hunterdon County Democrat – Titusville Concert
03.04.13 – MercerSpace – Titusville Concert
02.16.13 – Trenton Times – Titusville Concert
09.29.09 – TCNJ Signal – Recital Review
10.22.08 – TCNJ Signal – Leon Bates Masterclass
selected piano repertoire
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22
Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16
Rhapsody in Blue
Gargoyles, Op. 29