ALEXANDER JIMÉNEZ serves as Professor of Conducting, Director of Orchestral Activities, and String Area Coordinator at The Florida State University College of Music. He has served on the faculties of San Francisco State University and Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has degrees from Baylor University (B.M.) and The Florida State University (M.M., M.M.E, and D.M.). Jiménez studied with Phillip Spurgeon, Michael Haithcock, and the late Anton Guadagno. As a former percussionist and timpanist, he studied with Gary Werdesheim, Larry Vanlandingham, Keiko Abe, and Cloyd Duff.
Under his direction the FSU Orchestras have continued their long tradition of excellence. Both the undergraduate University Philharmonia and the University Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Jiménez have championed new music and collaborated with such composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Martin Bresnick, Anthony Iannaconne, Christopher Theofanidis, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Ladislav Kubik. In 2007 the USO was featured in the PBS special Peanuts Gallery® which was awarded Best Performance of 2007 by the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Dr. Jiménez has premiered new works with the University Orchestras, including the world premieres of The General by Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal, the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Ladislav Kubik, Trumpeting the Stone by Brent Michael Davids, and Alma by Harold Schiffman. Jiménez has recorded with the Mark, CBC/Ovation, Col Legno, Neos, and Naxos labels. In 2012 the FSU Symphony Orchestra completed a recording of the Dohnányi Symphony No. 2 and the world-premiere recording of Dohnányi’s Two Songs for Baritone and Orchestra which will soon be released on surround-sound disc on the Naxos label. Of the orchestra’s 2010 recording on Naxos of Zwilich’s works for piano and orchestra, Lynn René Bayley of Fanfare stated that “Alexander Jiménez and the Florida State Symphony, who premiered the Peanuts Gallery®, perform all three works here with tremendous sympathy, love, and excitement.” David Hurwitz, writing for ClassicsToday.com, proclaimed “…the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Jiménez leaves absolutely nothing to be desired.”
Jiménez is active as a guest conductor, teacher, and adjudicator throughout the United States and Europe where he has appeared in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Italy. Since 2009 he has served on the international jury panel of the European Festival of Music for Young People in Neerpelt, Belgium, and in 2013 was named International Festival Ambassador. Dr. Jiménez is in demand conducting honor and all-state orchestras throughout the U.S., including an appearance in 2009 with the MENC All-Eastern Orchestra in Providence, Rhode Island. In Tallahassee, he appears regularly as guest conductor of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and served as the music director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras from 2000-2012.
Dr. Jiménez served as president of the College Orchestra Directors Association from 2010-2012. He holds memberships in the College Orchestra Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Orchestra Association, and the League of American Orchestras.