Alex Van Gils (b. 1987) is a composer and bassist whose music is influenced by his love of classical music and jazz, and especially by his practice and study of Tibetan Buddhism under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied composition with Professors Allen Anderson and Stephen Anderson. He has attended master classes with composers such as Michael Gandolfi, Pat Metheny, Terence Blanchard, and Joseph Butch Rovan. In the summer of 2010 he traveled to the Czech Republic to take part in the International Music Academy Pilsen, where he studied composition and orchestration with composers Jiří Bezděk and Bright Sheng. His piano solo Something Electric was the 2011 winner of the Emil and Ruth Beyer Composition Award, presented by the National Federation of Music Clubs. His orchestra work cosmic dancer, blade of fire was awarded the UC Davis Symphony Composition Award in 2013. Van Gils currently studies composition at the University of California, Davis, with Ross Bauer and Kurt Rohde.