Born in Chicago, Alexander York is a graduate of Lawrence University (Wisconsin). He won numerous scholarships such as those of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the arte-musica Foundation and the Fulbright Zscholar Program, which allowed him to continue his education in Europe. He obtained a master's degree at the Munich Musikhochschule under the direction of Lars Woldt, Rudi Spring, and Donald Sulzen. He performed the following roles at the Augsburg Theater: Angelotti and Sciarrone in Tosca, the Captain in Simplicius Simplicissimus by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Weickmann and Fuhrmann in Kaspar Hauser by Hans Thomalla,the herald in Verdi's Otello and Belcore in the L'Elisir d'amore by Donizetti. In 2016, he participated in Renée Fleming's master classes at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He created the role of James Ramsey at the world premiere of To the Lighthouse by Zesses Seglias in August 2017 at the Bregenz Festival. He gave a recital at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and also performed in Munich with the Munich Radio Symphony. He played the role of Bedienter in Der zerbrochene Krug by Viktor Ulmann. For his first season at the Paris Opera Academy, the baritone sang Dr. Falke in Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus at the MC93 in Bobigny and then on tour. He received the John Moriarty Award as a young artist in residence at the Central City Opera of Denvers in 2015 for his participation in the company's productions. The Bel Canto Society of Chicago gave him an honorary award and he received the second prize in the Mélodie and Oratorio category of the American Prize. Alexander York joined the Paris Opera Academy in September 2018.