Alonso Orlando, Cuba, 2009

Tour Dates: 18 Jun - 29 Jun, 2009

 Orlando Alonso

Cuban born pianist Orlando Alonso has already established a flourishing international reputation through his orchestral and recital performances in North America, South America and Europe.  Known for his challenging programmes, artistic maturity and versatility, his repertoire ranges from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven through the Romantics, Liszt and Brahms, to works by contemporary composers.

Alonso has performed with many of the major orchestras in Cuba as well as in North and South America, including the Santa Clara Symphony, Havana Symphony, Key West Symphony, American Youth Symphony, OSB Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Madrid Symphony, Kiev Symphony Orchestra, Astoria Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, amongst many others.

Alonso has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York and has performed extensively throughout Spain, France, Belgium, Germany and South America. Future engagements include a tour with the George Enescu Symphony Orchestra in Rumania, and performances with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester of Berlin. Alonso will tour in China for the first time in 2009 playing all Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes in eight different cities.

Orlando Alonso studied with Jorge Luis Prats at the Havana Conservatory, Herbert Stessin at the Julliard School and with Zenon Fishbein and Horacio Gutierrez at the Manhattan School of Music.

Winner of the Amadeo Roldan Piano Competition in Havana, the Sant’ Agata li Battiati in Italy, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York, he was also the recipient of the Harold Bauer Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating student at the Manhattan School of Music.

Alonso studied conducting with Zdenek Macal at the Manhattan School of Music and has participated in master classes given by Kurt Masur.  He has appeared as guest conductor and pianist with the American Youth Orchestra and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra.  He is also the founder and music director of the Ossia Symphony Orchestra in New York.