Alpesh started playing the cello aged seven. In his hometown of Birmingham, he studied under Veronica Raven, Elaine Ackers and then Ulrich Heinen achieving a diploma in performance in the summer of 2007. He is now his final year at the Royal Northern College of Music (on the cello), studying with Eduardo Vassallo.
Alpesh began conducting at the age of 16, directing ensembles at the secondary school he attended. In September 2007, he made his public debut with the Bournville String Orchestra by conducting Samuel Barber’s renowned Adagio for Strings. After a successful performance, he went on to become the conductor of the orchestra, conducting the orchestra through the last three years.
In the past, Alpesh has set up an orchestra (St. Peter’s Sinfonia) made up of friends and local music teachers in Birmingham and he also set up a string orchestra and a symphony orchestra in his first year at the RNCM made up of fellow students.
Through various initiatives and invitations in both Manchester and Birmingham, Alpesh has now worked with string orchestras, chamber orchestras, symphony orchestras, brass ensembles, woodwind ensembles and a choir in events ranging from concerts to a composition competition and a fourth-year final recital.
Alpesh is mentored by Michael Seal (Associate Conductor of CBSO) but has also received tuition from Mark Shanahan and Mark Heron. His associations with Michael Seal have also led to him taking rehearsals of Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra in Seal’s absence. The coming academic year will see him working furthermore with BSSO, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and North Cheshire Wind Orchestra.