Hi there! My name is Alex Verster, and I am a classical double
Having realised as a 23 year old jazz musician that I should
have been playing classical music all along, I decided it's not too
late for a fresh start and picked up the double bass.
After about 9 months, I had started performing regularly with
several local orchestras, achieved a Distinction in Grade 8 and won
the Gem Section of the Auckland Youth Orchestra Soloist
Competition. I then travelled to London to audition at four of the
most prestigious conservatoires in the world: The Royal Academy of
Music, The Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and
Guildhall. I received offers from all of them as well as large
scholarships from two.
This year I will perform with the NZSO National Youth
Orchestra before returning to London to begin my Master of Fine
Arts in Classical Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
However, I desperately require funding support to purchase my own
double bass and bow. A good quality instrument is always a huge
investment but a musician certainly needs his own
I was awarded a full fee entrance scholarship for the first year
at Trinity, but the yearly cost of studying and living in London is
at least $55,000, so any help is hugely
appreciated. After all those solitary practise hours, I really can
no longer do this alone!
Thank you for your time, and please have a look at the video at
the top of the page!
During my jazz years I composed and produced an album that is now
available for free to anyone who is interested: