Alex Ambrose

Alex Ambrose is the managing 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.

Alex Ambrose appears in the following:

Pairing John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti's Sonatas for (Prepared) Piano

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti make for an odd juxtaposition. But where some might hear contrast in the sonatas of this unlikely couple, pianist David Greilsammer hears complement.

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Philip Glass on David Bowie and Trekking Across Central Asia

Monday, February 08, 2016

Philip Glass returns as curator for the 26th annual Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall. He stopped by the studio to talk spiritual awakenings and performing with David Bowie.

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LPR Live Launches with Steve Reich's Iconic 'Different Trains'

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LPR Live, a new podcast from Q2 Music showcasing dynamic pieces recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge, launches with Steve Reich's seminal "Different Trains" performed by ACME.

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Her Music: Crusading Female Composers of the Present and Past

Monday, September 14, 2015

All day today, September 26, celebrate the breadth of ceiling-shattering achievements of female composers with an encore presentation of "Her Music," a 24-hour celebration.

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A World Apärt: 24-Hour Arvo Pärt Marathon

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Celebrate the 80th birthday of Arvo Pärt today with an encore stream of A World Apärt: a 24-hour survey of one of the most revolutionary voices of the 21st century.

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Sportswear Company Makes its Pitch With Glass's 'Einstein on the Beach'

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The opening music of Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson's 1976 opera "Einstein on the Beach" is at the center of a new ad campaign celebrating athletic precision and endurance. 

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24 Hours of Latvian New Music with 'Jaunā Mūzika: Latvija'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Saturday August 29, Q2 Music presents an encore presentation of "Jaunā Mūzika: Latvija" (New Music: Latvia) – a 24-hour marathon of dynamic new music from the heart of the Baltics.

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Video: In Meredith Monk's Loft, Tortoise Dreams and Folk Music from Another Planet

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tour the sprawling, fifth-floor Tribeca loft that has played home for over 40 years to the joyfully pioneering performer Meredith Monk.

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Finn-to-Finn: 24-Hour Marathons of Einojuhani Rautavaara and Kaija Saariaho

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All day today, we celebrate the upcoming birthday of influential Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho with a 24-hour survey of her music, hosted by Phil Kline.

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Frank Zappa Referees Tribute to Edgard Varèse

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Q2 Music is thrilled to present an archival recording of the famous Frank Zappa-hosted concert of the music of Edgard Varèse, recorded April 17, 1981 at the now-defunct Palladium in NYC.

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How to Talk to a Female Composer

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Interviewing a composer can be a daunting proposition, especially when confronted with the bodily reality of one who is non-male. Here's a how-to guide for beginners. 

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Encore: 24-Hour Stream of Emerging Women Composers

Monday, August 25, 2014

Her Music, Q2 Music's 24-hour celebration of emerging female composers, features 134 composers, and it's streaming now until 11:59 pm.

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Her Music: Today's Emerging Female Composer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Even as women have achieved growing parity in the ranks of professional musicians, their numbers are noticeably small in one key area: the composers whose works are performed.

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Kronos at 40: 24-Hour Marathon Anniversary Stream

Monday, March 24, 2014

On March 29, Q2 Music streamed an encore of KRONOS AT 40 – a marathon of 24 distinct hours surveying the Kronos Quartet's colossal contributions to 20th and 21st century music.

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Video: Timo Andres's Shy and Mighty Bed-Stuy Apartment

Monday, March 17, 2014

For this opening episode of Season Two of Q2 Spaces, composer-pianist Timo Andres takes us on a tour of his sharply decorated apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Watch the full episode now.

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Lutosławski 101 with Esa-Pekka Salonen

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Host Nadia Sirota explores three critical works in Lutosławski's catalog, Musique funèbre, Concerto for Orchestra and Les Espaces du sommeil, while offering insights and anecdotes fro...

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Lutosławski at 100: VII. Last Thoughts

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Seven explores his last thoughts. 

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Lutosławski at 100: VI. The Late Style

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Six explores his late style. 

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Lutosławski at 100: V. Heroism and Dissent

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Five explores heroism and dissent. 

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Lutosławski at 100: IV. Consolidating the Mature Style

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Four explores ...

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