Alex Ambrose is the senior producer for Q2 Music, WQXR’s online station and website devoted to discovery, curiosity and vibrant 21st-century music.
Alex oversees the overall programmatic direction of Q2 Music and works with WQXR and NYPR staff to produce live webcasts; conceive and execute large-scale festivals and 24-hour marathons with local and international partners; develop new shows, podcasts and hosts; craft features, interviews and profiles; and ensure the vitality of music playlists.
He graduated from Brown University in 2002 with a double major in Musicology and Comparative Literature and received a master’s degree from Université de Lumière Lyon 2 in France in 2004. Alex cut his teeth in radio as a host for Overnight Music on WNYC and then, under executive producer Limor Tomer, as the associate producer for WNYC’s Evening Music with hosts Terrance McKnight and David Garland from 2007 to 2009. During that time, he produced the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award-winning 24:33: A John Cage Celebration.
He serves as executive producer for the Peabody Award-winning podcast Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota, a show that mines the brains of today's leading composers and musical thinkers; LPR Live with host John Schaefer, which features music from New York's hotbed of musical expression and experimentation Le Poisson Rouge; and Helga with host Helga Davis, a conversation podcast with unique, uncompromising artists who have a stake in the matter of social change.
Alex Ambrose appears in the following:
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus recently created space for conversation about social justice through commissioning ten new works. We dive into one: Kamala Sankaram's "Keeping the Look Loose."
Monday, May 22, 2017
In this talk at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival, pioneering composer Alvin Lucier recalls definitive and anecdotal moments over his storied career in electronic music and sound art.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner and composer Nico Muhly will soon release an album version of their solar-system inspired song cycle. Watch the video for 'Saturn' today.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Hilton Als is an intellectual omnivore who roots his art and criticism in reality and truth. Als talks with Helga Davis about being comfortable owning your anger and art-making.
Monday, January 09, 2017
In Sarah Jones's one-woman shows, she seamlessly slips into characters of different classes, races and genders. Jones and Davis talk self-love in a culture that teaches self-alienation.
Monday, January 02, 2017
The young Juilliard-trained soprano Julia Bullock is making waves for her stunning performances and bold choice of roles. She talks with Davis about finding her place in today's culture.
Monday, December 19, 2016
For conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, an attentive and hungry audience is one of the essential parts of creating a transcendent musical experience. He talks with host Helga Davis.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Alan Gilbert is in his final season as music director of the New York Philharmonic. He talks with Helga Davis about serving a community and the moments in performance he lives for.
Monday, December 05, 2016
The pop star singer-songwriter Solange talks with Helga Davis about finding autonomy in the music business and about being black and beautiful in contemporary America.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Violin soloist Jennifer Koh has never cancelled a gig. Even when she had swine flu. Host Helga Davis speaks with Koh about determination and empathy in this episode of the Helga podcast.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize, jazz composer Henry Threadgill talks with Helga about giving license to your imagination and pushing yourself to go beyond excellence to greatness.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Singer, composer and My Brightest Diamond's frontwoman Shara Nova talks to Helga about choosing a new city, leaning into vulnerability, and how her new names translates to "new song."
Monday, November 14, 2016
Q2 Music's new podcast, Helga, features probing conversations with artists who have a unique voice and a stake in the matter of social change. The first guest is director Peter Sellars.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Despite being one of relatively few chamber-music pieces in his catalog, John Adams’s String Quartet is one of the composer’s most compelling works.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Brooklyn-based composer Ted Hearne and pianist Timo Andres highlight their longstanding relationship with old and new music alike, and the challenges of "messing" with it.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Join Q2 Music on Sunday, April 24 for our second annual Symphomania, a 24-hour marathon stream of music that offers a vision of orchestral repertoire composed in or after the year 2000.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
David Lang breaks down two of his "Memory Pieces" – recollections of friends distilled into brief musical moments – and we join pianist Andrew Zolinsky for this episode of LPR Live.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Pianist Sarah Cahill stopped by the Q2 Music studio to perform Lou Harrison's rarely-heard (and perhaps never-before recorded) 'Range Song.'
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Hear the world premiere performance of Canadian-born composer Vivian Fung's Harp Concerto, the fruit of a close collaboration with New York City-based harpist Bridget Kibbey.
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Terry Riley remains eternally youthful, continuing to work at an invigorated pace. Samuel Adams, the composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, wrote “Shade Studies” in his honor.