Alexandros D. Fragiskatos
Dr. Alexandros Fragiskatos is a percussionist, educator, and arranger, who is based in central Missouri. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music at Missouri Valley College. His diverse musical training has led him to performances across the U.S. and abroad. He developed a passion for contemporary music while studying with the renowned Percussion Group Cincinnati during his undergraduate years. Alex has commissioned and premiered new works in a variety of settings by composers such as Stuart Saunders Smith, Peter Garland, and Tom DeLio. Recently in May 2018, he performed a solo percussion recital in Athens, Greece which was televised. In 2017 he performed at The Noble Snare 25th Anniversary Festival in Akron, Ohio, and at the Southwest Electronic Music Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2016, he toured Switzerland with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, collaborating with, and performing new works by, several Swiss and German composers. Alex has performed at international conferences such as those of the Percussive Arts Society, Balance-Unbalance, and the Samuel Beckett Society. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, and West Valley Symphony. Alex also has extensive experience playing drum set and percussion for musical theater productions.
Alex has been playing steel pan (steel drum) for over a decade. As a member of the Grammy-nominated steel band at the University of Akron, he developed a deep appreciation for the instrument and its cultural importance within its birthplace, Trinidad and Tobago. Alex has studied, collaborated, and performed with virtuosos in the field like Cliff Alexis, Ray Holman, Liam Teague, Tom Miller, and Victor Provost. Many of Alex’s steel band arrangements are published and have been performed across the U.S. and internationally. He directed the Pan Devils Steel Band at Arizona State University from 2014-2017 and has been featured as guest artist at the University of Missouri and Phoenix College. In May 2018, he gave a steel pan masterclass and performance in Athens, Greece. Alex’s accomplishments in steel pan have been recognized in ASU’s State Press and by the U.S.-based Steel Pan Collective, in the form of a feature profile.
In the past, Alex has taught at Grand Canyon University and for the Maricopa Community College District in Phoenix, Arizona. Alex holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Akron, respectively. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, where he also obtained a Music Theory Pedagogy certificate. Alex’s principal percussion teachers have been James Culley, Dr. Larry Snider, Simone Mancuso, and Dr. J. B. Smith.