Vietnamese-American concert pianist Alexander Bui is known for sensational performances and standing ovations throughout his piano career. Performing LIVE on NBC’s television show, “America’s Got Talent” for over fourty million people, he was acclaimed by judge Piers Morgan, “Without a doubt, he was the most naturally talented person we’ve had all year. This show is called ‘America’s Got Talent’ and in terms of dedication, in terms of excellence in what you do, in terms of raising the bar away from the enormous stuff we’ve seen, you’re one of the most brilliant performers we’ve had.” As a semi finalist of “America’s Got Talent”, he has inspired the world especially the young generation, to learn and appreciate classical music. As a two-time winner of the Esther C. Weill Music Competition in 2011 & 2012, Alexander Bui had been invited each season as a soloist to perform with the Ocean City POPs Orchestra under the baton of maestro William Scheible. Raising the roof of the Ocean City Music Pier, thunderous clapping, and standing ovations by thousands of audience members, Mr. Bui’s repertoire performances with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra includes Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor, and Mendelssohn’s’ Piano Concerto in A minor. Published from the Ocean City Sentinel by music critic Ed Wismer, “A very young Alexander Bui startled all with his playing… He made the Steinway sing. He is another great Pops find.”
Alexander Bui participated in two prestigious summer festivals, Orford Academy in Canada and The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Florida. Mr. Bui also stepped out of the classical field and expanded his horizon in a different genre. He traveled to Italy to become an accompanist and musical coach for Music Academy International Festival’s Musical Theatre program where he worked with world-renowned faculty and talented singers.
Mr. Bui has performed as a soloist in numerous venues including Steinway Hall of New York City, NBC Studios of Los Angeles and the Atlantic City Borgata Resort & Spa Casino. His very successful playing has caused audience members to be anxious to hear him again at different venues. Mr. Bui has been featured in different media formats including piano performances and interviews on LIVE television: (NBC, CBS News), LIVE radio: (WRTI Philadelphia, WUSF Florida, and Harry Hurley Radio New Jersey) and newspapers, (Press of Atlantic City, Boardwalk Journal Magazine, Ocean City Sentinel, Egg Harbor Township Current and Galloway News).
Aside from his solo career, Alexander Bui is an active chamber musician collaborating with string players in piano trios and piano quartets in the tri-state area of New York and New Jersey. In 2019, Alexander co-founded The Raritan Trio at Rutgers University, New Jersey with violinist Yu Ouyang and cellist Jiun-Ru Wang, winning the Rutgers Chamber Music Competition. Recently, the Raritan Trio received full fellowships to participate in Ensemble Connect’s Audience Engagement Program at Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York and in Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Fort Worth, Texas. As a certified Steinway Educational Partner, Alexander freelances as a studio teacher and an accompanist in New York and New Jersey.
In 2020, Alexander was appointed as Music Minister of Spotswood Reformed Church, New Jersey where he recently acquired a New York Sohmer & Co. grand piano to further enrich the musical worship experience. Mr. Bui’s mission is to enlighten audiences of the beauty, excitement and enduring quality of the great classical composers through his performances. As a Frances Hall Ballard Scholarship student, Alexander Bui studied with Nina Svetlanova and Olga Kern to receive his Bachelor of Music Degree of 2016 and his Master of Music Degree of 2018 in classical piano from Manhattan School of Music, New York City, winning first prize in the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition. Currently, Mr. Bui is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in classical piano under the tutelage of Daniel Epstein from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Jersey, where he won first prize in both the Rutgers Concerto Competition.
You can find Alexander’s performance here.