A New Jersey native, Alex Cap is a composer for film, video games, other visual media, and the concert stage with a background as a classical pianist. Previous film scores include Capoeira in Our Lives (2017 documentary), Little Love Bites (2016 short animation, winner of 2017 FICCI BAF Award), and Post No Bills (2013 short sci-fi, Honorable Mention for Best Musical Score). Past game scores include Sagittarius (winner of 2014 Dare to be Digital game design competition and nominated for a BAFTA “Ones to Watch” award) and Kairos (2012 Philly Game Jam winner of Most Innovative and Judges’ Choice awards). He was also one of 19 international composers selected for the 2015 NYU Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker, undergoing critiques 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).
Cap arranged Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s The Way of the Rain: Voices of Hope for its 2017 world premiere at Carnegie Hall. Performers included Tim Janis, Loreena McKennitt, Máiréad Nesbitt (former fiddler for Celtic Woman), Lynn Hilary (former singer for Celtic Woman), Robert Mirabal, Alex Boyé, and Laura Dias (Jesus Christ Superstar, 36 Saints), among others, with spoken word from Robert Redford (All is Lost, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), N. Scott Momaday (House Made of Dawn, The Way to Rainy Mountain), and former Vice President Al Gore. Other performers he has arranged and orchestrated for include Sir James Galway, Nick Pitera, Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and Ben Toth, Branden James, The American Boychoir, and Montclair University Symphony Orchestra.
As a pianist, Cap has performed in all three of Carnegie’s halls, the National Opera Center, and in master classes in Prague with Vit Gregor (Charles University), in Washington DC with Nelita True (Eastman School of Music), and at his undergraduate college with Leon Bates. In March 2013, he was invited to give a solo recital to rededicate an 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.
In July 2016, Cap drove solo cross-country to attend USC’s one-year Master of Music in Screen Scoring at the Thornton School of Music, where he received the Betty Rose Collaboration Award and was selected for a mentorship with James Newton Howard (The Dark Knight, King Kong (2005), Signs). He 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 between undergraduate and graduate school, he freelanced as a pianist, composer, and arranger and studied composition with Ken Lampl (Frontera, Kandisha), whose compositional pedigree includes John Williams, Milton Babbitt, and John Corigliano.
Select examples of my work scoring to picture are available on my video page.
01.31.18 – Boomba Cat, Global Game Jam 2018 at USC
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