Alex Thio received his graduate musical training at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Ohio). He graduated with the Master’s of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatory and embarked on his doctoral studies in the same major.
Alex serves as choral accompanist to the Sycamore Community Summer Singers and has accompanied the choir for four Europe tours.
As a collaborative pianist, Alex has collaborated with professional instrumentalists across the United States. Hailed as a ‘brass-friendly accompanist‘, Alex has performed in concert including Jay Hunsberger (Principal Tuba, Sarasota Orchestra), Dr Stacy Baker and Gail Robertson (SymbiosisDuo), Timothy Northcut (Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, University of Cincinnati CCM) and Tim Zimmerman (The King’s Brass).
He performed, toured and recorded with the renowned tuba-euphonium duo of Dr Stacy Baker and Gail Robertson whose recording SymbiosisDuo was selected as the Finalist of the 2010 Roger Bobo Award for Recording Excellence in Chamber Music by the International Tuba Euphonium Association. Besides being the duo’s pianist, Alex contributed to the piano arrangements of several of the pieces recorded in the album including their newest release, Playground.
Alex has served as official accompanist to the competitors in solo competitions organized by the International Women’s Brass Conference and the North American Brass Band Association. During a 3-year stint in Singapore, he was appointed as official accompanist for Asia’s largest brass festival at the Pan-Asia Solo Competitions (Brass Explosion 2012) and Singapore’s first Trombone Festival in 2014. At the Festival, his recital performances included collaborative work with renowned low brass performers including Adam Frey (euphonium) and Brett Baker (trombone).
In March 2015, Alex was appointed official collaborative pianist for the South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference held at the University of Central Arkansas where he performed a series of ten recitals featuring renowned low brass soloists from the region.
Currently, Alex instructs in piano performance and music theory in the Cincinnati area.