Dr. Alexander Cannon is a conductor and trumpet player based in Vancouver, BC. He has performed on trumpet with Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Turning Point Ensemble, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Vancouver Brass Project, and with various chamber ensembles and as a guest principal trumpet and soloist with regional orchestras since 2006. Cannon was a member of Cascades Brass Quintet in 2005-2006 when the ensemble won then Coleman-Sanderson Prize at the the internationally renowned Coleman Chamber Music Competition.
In addition to his formal degrees, Alexander studied trumpet at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Pierre Monteux School, the Lake Placid Institute, and the Centre for Advanced Studies at Chosen Vale. While a student at the University of British Columbia, he was twice a recipient of the university’s highly competitive University Graduate Fellowship.
From 2014-2017, Cannon conducted youth orchestras at the El Sistema-inspired social program at the Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver. He recently received conducting training with pedagogue Donald Schleicher, and at the 2017 Cabrillo Festival under Cristian Măcelaru and Thomas Sleeper. Alexander joins the Vancouver Philharmonic as Assistant Conductor in the 2017-2018 season as the recipient of the Wallace Leung Memorial Internship and continues as a brass coach and assistant conductor for the Symphonic Band of the West Vancouver Youth Band.
Dr. Cannon currently enjoys an active schedule as a sought performer, freelance educator, arranger, and adjudicator.