Alex Jones is at the time of writing (2016) eighteen years old and lives in Stockport, England. He is this year finishing studies at Stockport Grammar School. Alex began studying piano with Manola Hatfield aged six and double bass with Gethin Griffith when he was seven and is currently studying double bass with Ronan Dunne, principal of the BBC Philharmonic. Alex successfully auditioned for a place in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain (NCO) at age eleven and performed with NCO for three years until his retirement as principal bass at fourteen. During his time with NCO, Alex was thrilled to perform for the Queen and members of the Royal Family at Westminster Hall at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Lunch. Alex commenced his studies at Junior RNCM in 2012 and has been the recipient of the Yorke Trust Prize for Double Bass for the past two years. Also in 2012 he became one of the youngest players to gain places in both the Halle Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO). He has been appointed principal of the bass section in the NYO for the 2016 season. Alex has benefited from working with esteemed conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Vasily Petrenko, Paul Daniel, John Wilson, François-Xavier Roth, Peter Stark and Ilan Volkov and has enjoyed performing at some of the most prestigious concert venues in the country including the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Sage Gateshead and televised Proms with NYO at the Royal Albert Hall. In the past year, Alex has played in the Konzerthaus in Berlin, performed the premiere of two new solo double bass works, achieved a high distinction in the dipABRSM diploma and was a winner in this year’s BBC Inspire Young Composers’ Competition and highly commended in last year’s competition. Alex enjoys all aspects of music, including performance, composition, and conducting.