In 1981 Alex Poelman is born on the 18th of July in Arnhem, the Netherlands. At the age of eleven he starts playing the french horn in the local Wind Band. After six years of high school Alex moves to Enschede to study computer science at the University of Twente. As a horn player he is active in the Student Wind Orchestra Twente and the National Youth Wind Orchestra of the Netherlands. He is currently playing in the Wind Orchestra of Wilhelmina Glanerbrug, one of the best amateur orchestras of the Netherlands. This orchestra has premiered his first symphony, second symphony and Jeanne d’Arc. During his study he starts composing music for small ensembles and arranging a few pieces for Wind Band.
With Volcano Alex writes his first composition for Wind Band in 2001. His third piece The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, his first symphony (2004), became a great success and is performed all over the world. The score gets recorded by the KMKJWF (Military Band of the Netherlands), conducted by Norbert Nozy. The first three parts become compulsory pieces at Dutch wind band contests for five years. After his first symphony compositions like D-Day, Jeanne d’Arc, Pinocchio and Theophoros followed. Compositions of Alex Poelman are commissioned by various orchestras and have visited Japan, United States, Brazil and Europe.
In 2015 his second symphony "The Odyssey", a 45 minute composition for choir and wind band, is premiered by the National Opera and Concert Choir of the Netherlands and Wilhelmina Glanerbrug. The performance has been successfully recorded on DVD.
Since 2003 all scores have been published and recorded by Molenaar Edition BV and more to come.