Alex Wilson (born on November 21, 1971) is a pianist, composer, producer, arranger, and educator. He is a respected British Latin jazz recording artist and composer.
Alex was born in the UK and was brought up in Sierra Leone, UK, Austria and Switzerland.
In 1993, after gaining a degree in electronics from the University of York, he embarked on a professional career as a pianist, performing and recording with Courtney Pine,Jazz Jamaica, Sandra Cross, Adalberto Santiago and Jocelyn Brown, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masakela & Ernest Ranglin quickly being signed to the Candid label. He won the Rising Star award at the 2001 BBC Jazz Awards.
To date, he has released eight solo albums in a Latin Jazz and salsa vein; he also composes commissions, produces Latin hip hop, runs a 12-piece salsa band, works as a session keyboard player and works in educational institutions. His commissions include NITRO (a British black theatre company), the Royal Opera House, the Royal Northern College of Music, and several library music companies. He also works with in schools in London such as Essex Primary School.
Alex Wilson is Special Lecturer in the Department of Music at University of Nottingham.
In 2011, Alex was invited to be pianist, arranger and musical director for guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela on their album Area 52 which was recorded in Cuba. The project toured the world in 2012, during which Alex continued his role as pianist and musical director.
2013 saw the release of his first album for trio with Davide Mantovani on bass, and Frank Tontoh and Tristan Banks on drums. The album is called 'Trio' and is released on Alex Wilson Records.