Alex Klein began his music studies at the age of 9 in his native Brazil. His first performance as a soloist with orchestra came a year later, and by age 11, he became a member of Camerata Antiqua, one of Brazil’s foremost chamber orchestras, with whom Mr. Klein recorded and toured extensively. Mr. Klein finished his studies with James Caldwell at the Oberlin College, earning the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts and twice receiving the Artistry in Oboe Performance Award.
While still a college student, Alex Klein competed in the finals of the first New York International Oboe Competition, held at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. Mr. Klein won first place and went on to earn top honors in contests in Tokyo, Geneva, Brazil, and the F. Gillet International Oboe Competition held in North Carolina. In Geneva, Switzerland, Alex Klein received the first prize, which had not been awarded to an oboist since Heinz Holliger received it 29 years earlier. Mr. Klein was invited to join the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music immediately following his graduation. As a visiting instructor, he has lectured and given master classes at many major schools in the United States.
In 1995, Alex Klein was appointed by Daniel Barenboim to the position of Principal Oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Klein holds an Associate Professor chair at Northwestern University and a Professor of Oboe chair at Roosevelt University, as well as being the oboe coach of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Mr. Klein has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and, on several occasions, with the Chicago Symphony. He has collaborated in chamber music performances with Yitzhak Pearlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Christoph Eschenbach, and Daniel Barenboim.