Alexander W. Ravitz is a clarinetist, bass clarinetist, conductor, and educator in Tampa, FL. He is currently Principal Clarinet with the Venice Symphony (Venice, FL). As an active freelance musician, Alex has performed with groups including The Naples Philharmonic, Opera Naples, The Orlando Philharmonic, The Charlotte Symphony (Port Charlotte, FL) and The Sarasota Opera. Alex is also an avid classical improviser, working with groups such as The Jamison Williams Trio, The Sean Hamilton Collective, Thomas Milovac's Unit Colossus, and CRUX.
Alexander currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Louisville, a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance and Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Florida. Alex also teaches a private studio of collegiate, high school, and middle school students from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Alex's students regularly are accepted to All-state and All-county bands, as well as, being accepted to prestigious music schools across the country.
As a soloist, Alex has been a guest recitalist at festivals in Tampa and Jacksonville FL as well as Louisville, KY. As a contemporary collaborator, he has worked on many projects with Visual Artists, and Dancer companies including Rouge Dance and COBY Dance. As an advocate for new music, Alex has regularly appeared in performances ranging from solo clarinet and chamber recitals performing in new-music concerts featuring the music of composers such as Vera Ivanova, James Ogburn, David Liptak, Wendy Wan-ki Lee, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Joseph Halmann. Alex is regularly involved in new commissioning projects as well.
Alex’s primary clarinet teachers have included: Calvin Falwell, Dallas Tidwell, and Scott Ellington. He also studied conducting with Dr. William Wiedrich, and jazz studies with Dan Miller.
CRUX, Alex's trio with Thomas Milovac and Leo Suarez is currently in final production of a full length improvisatory CD and planning for a following CD Release tour.