Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of ABI
Barry Alexander is the Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of ABI, the parent company of The Alexander & Buono Competitions, and The Alexander & Buono Festival of Music. 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.
Upon completing a Masters degree in English Literature, he auditioned for the Mozarteum and was accepted immediately. As a lyric baritone focusing on lieder by Mozart and Schubert, he began his operatic career singing recitals throughout North America, where Dean Nolan described him as “an artist of the highest caliber,” and musicologist Mark Lipson dubbed him “Alexander the Great.”
After many years of performing in Europe Mr. Alexander returned to the United States, where he sang with the Michigan Opera Theatre, and made his Carnegie Hall recital debut with works by Mozart, Gluck and Schubert.
He concluded his professional singing career of nearly two decades following an engagement as a principal singer with Poland’s Warsaw Chamber Opera. Fluent in four languages, he then moved permanently to New York and started an international public relations firm for classical musicians. Mr. Alexander is co-founder of The Alexander & Buono Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, as well as Artistic Director of the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition.