ARTIST FEATURE: From the road with Steve Vai to a Youtube hit: meet Alex De Pue, the master fiddler! He shares his views on rhythm and practice with...
Alex De Pue
Alex DePue began studying classical violin at age five. He won his first university-level solo- artist competition at age 10, and later (age 14) won a competition which awarded a performance at NYC's Carnegie Hall, serving as Concertmaster under the direction of Joseph Silverstein for the National Guild Youth Symphony Orchestra. He continues to appear as guest soloist with orchestras and music festivals, worldwide.
Alex DePue’s YouTube videos are from all parts of the globe, and his #1 YouTube hit (featured for three weeks on YouTube's home-page), "Owner of a Lonely Heart/Smooth Criminal"' (Yes and Michael Jackson, respectively) has been viewed worldwide over four million times (re- posting).
Alex toured as Musical Director with Capitol Recording artist Chris Cagle from 2000-2006, with whom he still regularly appears (syndicate) on the Grand Ole Opry, CMT, Great American Country and VH1 Country.
From 2007 - 2010, Mr. DePue joined legendary rock guitarist, Steve Vai, for a world tour that took him across North America, South America and Europe. 2010 continued celebration for Vai's 2009 DVD release, “Steve Vai: Where the WILD THINGS Are” (a live concert music-movie co- featuring DePue), its GRAMMY nomination for Best Live Rock Instrumental Performance at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards and Gold Record (award issued to each band/cast member) from the Recording Industry Association of America in recognition of “Gold” sales status in both the US and Canada (Platinum Award from the Canadian Recording Industry Association). Vai and DePue remain close colleagues, and continue to collaborate behind the scenes.