Barry Alexander (right) is the Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Alexander Buono International (ABI), the consulting firm he co-founded to provide guidance and career counseling for classical musicians, as well as visual and performing artists. Combining his work as an opera singer, teacher, and public relations specialist, he continues to help guide the careers of artists worldwide. A graduate of Princeton University and the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, Mr. Alexander began his musical career at age three, and gave his first recital at age four. His rapid advancement through school as an elementary student led to him starting his university career at age fourteen, and receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree at eighteen.
Steinway Artist Cosmo Buono (left), ABI’s Chairman and CEO, first came to international prominence as a member of the Bradshaw & Buono piano team. He and the late David Bradshaw did much to restore awareness of rare works written by Chopin, Liszt, Rossini, and Schubert. By continuing a tradition of distinguished piano duos begun with Liszt-Chopin and Debussy-Casella, Bradshaw & Buono played in major capitals and festivals throughout the world including New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Mostly Mozart Festival, all while creating a discography that includes Grammy-nominated recordings.
About the company
Alexander & Buono international (abi)
As a company, Alexander & Buono International enjoys a global reputation as the only firm of its kind, while occupying a unique position in the classical music marketplace. With more than half a century of performance, marketing, and publicity experience as the bedrock for their work as consultants, Barry Alexander and Cosmo Buono fully understand the issues associated with enjoying success in the performing and visual arts and are therefore able to offer clients counsel, expertise, and results-oriented guidance.
ABI's focus is to treat the arts like any other business, while showing clients how to assess, market, and develop their skills in order to create greater visibility and awareness of their work. The firm also guides them in the processes of interfacing with companies, organizations, institutions, and potential audiences through publicity campaigns, and effective use of media. Individual client counseling, business seminars, and career guidance initiatives round out efforts to make sure that the firm is, in every way possible, helping to not only ensure a strong future for the classical arts, but also for those who will help define it
THE ALEXANDER & BUONO FOUNDATION (ABF)
With a mission to identify the world’s most promising classical musicians while helping them launch and sustain careers, The Alexander & Buono Foundation is responsible for having helped artists worldwide further their musical goals through scholarships, study grants, career advice and performance opportunities.
The Foundation’s annual fundraiser is The ABC Gala. Named for The Alexander & Buono Competitions for Piano, Voice, Strings, and Flute begun by Barry Alexander and Cosmo Buono, ABC offers its winners a debut at Carnegie Hall as a first prize.
The many initiatives begun by The Alexander & Buono Foundation include mentoring programs for executives pursuing careers in Arts Administration; advice in publicity and media relations for aspiring classical musicians; internship programs for classical music students interested in learning more about the business of music; and an educational outreach program to schools that provides free tickets for students to attend ABC events.
The Foundation is a fully compliant 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, registered in the State of New York. All donations are fully tax-exempt under the rules of the Internal Revenue Service.
ALEXANDER AND BUONO FESTIVAL OF MUSIC (ABFM)
The Alexander & Buono Festival of Music (ABFM), established in 1988, has earned a reputation for providing thousands of musicians worldwide with a mechanism for improving and enhancing their performance of classical music. With daily lessons, master classes, performance and business seminars, as well as concerts, ABFM continues to demonstrate its commitment to helping musicians make the transition from performer to artist.
While musical refinement has been a fundamental and guiding principle of ABFM, Messrs. Alexander & Buono have always believed it very important for musicians to also be good business people, fully aware of all aspects associated with having a career both of substance and longevity. This is why the Festival curriculum includes daily seminars on business, career marketing, stage presence, and social skills, as a means of honing these aspects along with talent.