Name: Alexander Unseth
School: St. Louis University High School
Talent: Cellist / Composer
How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start?
I have been playing cello for 13 years – my parents signed me up for lessons at the age of five, and I’ve continued playing due to the joy and fun it brings.
How are you preparing for finals? Are you doing anything differently from your usual practices?
I composed my own piece, which is different than usual practices as I’ve never had composing lessons, and I’ve experimented with injecting more personality in my playing.
What will performing on the Fox stage mean to you?
It’ll be reassurance – despite personal challenges, I pushed myself and came out better than before, and performing on the Fox stage is evidence of perseverance through those troubles.
Is there someone you look up to and draw influence form for your talent?
My cello teacher, Mr. David Kim, as he’s not only been a fantastic mentor, but also a good friend – I wouldn’t be playing at the Fox without his instruction.
What has been the highlight of your performance career?
Playing in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and Missouri All-State Orchestra – I loved being around and performing with teens who loved music just as much as I did.
What do you hope to learn from your experience?
I hope to gain valuable insight on how to become a better musician and person. Performing at the Fox is an opportunity to succeed, but also learn.