CVYO Associate Conductor, Alexander Michael Tseitlin was born and raised in San Diego where he woke up and fell asleep listening to his mother, a world-renowned concert violinist, practice the greatest violin literature in history (and no small amount of scales). After coming home from school, he would practice for hours, waiting for his father to finish teaching so that he could begin his own lesson late in the evening. Alexander lived and breathed music throughout his childhood, but his roots reach back to the Bolshoi Theater where his grandfather was the conductor, and to the Bolshoi Ballet Company where his grandmother was the prima ballerina.
During his college years, Alexander spent 3 years at the University of California in Los Angeles studying violin performance with Mark Kaplan, composition with Paul Reale, and conducting with Donald Neuen. He then spent time at UCLA’s rival university, the University of Southern California, studying violin performance with Alice Schoenfeld, and composition with Mark Weiser. Following his time in Los Angeles, Alexander Tseitlin toured the east coast studying with prominent performers and composers in New York, Boston, and Rochester.
As a performing violinist, Alexander made his orchestral debut at age 9 with Vivaldi’s “Spring” at the Lyceum Theater in San Diego and has since performed throught the United States as well as Germany, Italy, Austria, Russia, Belgium, South Africa, Mexico, and Portugal. His chamber music career has lead him to collaborate with prominent artists such as David Chan, concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera, Mark Kaplan, Paul Coletti, and Antonio Lysy. He has recorded several albums with independent labels and regularly premiers the solo and chamber works of the composers of today. He collaborates regularly with prominent contemporary artists in performance and composition projects.
As a conductor, Alexander conducted the flagship orchestras at the California Institute of Music and at the International Music Festival in Viana Do Castello, Portugal from 2001 to 2004. He is currently the conductor and artistic director of the Fall of Ai Chamber Orchestra based in Los Angeles, CA.
Alexander is also currently the artistic director of Fall of Ai Productions, an orchestral music studio which collaborates with prominent contemporary artists and producers, and works closely with many prominent music and film studios.
As a teacher, Alexander was previously on faculty as Professor of Violin Performance at the California Institute of Music and currently is in residence with Eleos Music in Los Angeles, where he has an accomplished studio of pianists, violinists, violists, cellists, and classical guitarists, and where he serves as director of the Conejo Valley and West LA campuses. His violin, viola, and cello students have won principal positions in prominent orchestras across the Los Angeles area.
In February, 2017, Alexander joined the coaching staff at CVYO and now holds the position of Associate Conductor with an emphasis in Musicianship Development. He enjoys working with the fine, talented, young musicians at CVYO.