won the 2002 Grammy Award, Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra, for his recording of Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Klein also won first prize at the International Competition in Geneva, New York International Oboe Competition, and Fernand Gillet International Competition, as well as important prizes in competitions in Japan, Prague, and Aspen, Colorado.
Artistic Director of the São Paulo International Chamber Music Festival ("Oferenda Musical"), Alex Klein is also conductor at the Sunflower Music Festival (Kansas, USA) and Saint Barts Music Festival (French Antilles) and Artistic Director of the Santa Catarina Music Festival in Brazil. He regularly performs as guest conductor and soloist with orchestras worldwide.
From 1995 to 2004, Klein was principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as soloist with the Philadelphia and Suisse Romande Orchestras and shared the stage as soloist with Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sir Georg Solti, and Plácido Domingo.
Klein’s extensive recordings include works by Schubert, Hummel, Telemann, Bach, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Britten, Martinu, Strauss, and Bliss, for the Cedille, Boston, Teldec, and Sony Classical labels.
Klein was Artistic Director of the Curitiba Music Workshop between 2001 and 2005, and regularly participates in important international festivals including the Aspen and Santa Fe Music Festivals (USA), Instrumenta Verano (Mexico), Alex Klein Oboe Festival (China), International Music Festival of Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal), and Music Festival of the Pacific (Japan), among many others.
Alex Klein gives master classes at the Juilliard School of Music, National Conservatories of Paris and Lyon (France), and Beijing Central Conservatory (China).
Acclaimed as "a pianist of poetry, elegance, and power" (American Record Guide), "a pianist of exceptional, cherishable finesse" (Los Angeles Times), and "one of those rare pianists who combine structural intelligence with a hundred color gradations" (The Village Voice), Phillip Bush has established a performing career over the past three decades noted for its remarkable versatility and eclecticism, with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. Since launching his career upon winning the American Pianists Association Fellowship Award and his subsequent New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he has appeared as a recitalist throughout North America as well as in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Widely acknowledged as one of the most experienced American chamber music pianists of his generation, Phillip Bush has performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and performed at prestigious Festivals including Grand Canyon Music, Newport Music, Bridgehampton Chamber Music, Cape Cod Chamber Music, Strings in the Mountains (Colorado), Sitka Music (Alaska), St. Bart's Music, Music at Blair Atholl (Scotland), and Cape May Music, among many others. He has collaborated in recital and chamber music with concertmasters and principal players of many of the world's great orchestras, including those of Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Houston, and the Metropolitan Opera. Bush has made guest appearances with the Kronos, Miami, Parker, Jupiter, Lutoslawski, and Carpe Diem string quartets, and also performed with members of the Emerson, Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, and St. Lawrence quartets. Notable recordings include the complete Beethoven violin sonatas with Aaron Berofsky and the Brahms viola sonatas with David Harding. Bush is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. Since 2012, Phillip Bush has been a member of the piano and chamber music faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Music.