Alex Stopa (b. Australia) is an American composer and percussionist.
Dr. Stopa performs regularly as a percussionist and timpanist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Ballet Theater Orchestra, and Nevada Pops Orchestra. He currently plays drums for “Le Reve” at The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. He has performed extensively in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Singapore, France, Belgium, Japan, and Hong Kong.
As a marimba artist he won first prize in the James K. Huntziger Concerto Competition and gained considerable acclaim with awards at the Reno Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Australian National Marimba Competition. As a passionate advocate of new music, Mr. Stopa has performed numerous world premieres including Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic’s Magma for solo marimba, and Drifting on Winds and Currents composed by Samuel Adler for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He premiered Sir Peter Maxwell Davies work A Glass of Frontignac (the day after it was composed!) at the Barossa Festival in South Australia with the Elder New Music Ensemble.
In addition to his diverse performance career, Mr. Stopa is an enthusiastic educator. He is actively involved with educational outreach programs and frequently presents clinics and workshops. His recent appearances have included Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australian National University, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, South Dakota State University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Pana Percussion Institute, and the Las Vegas Drum Camp.
Works for Winds
- Alex Stopa website Accessed 23 October 2020