“Orlando Alonso offered a solid and passionate performance. He displayed an undeniable mastery of the instrument throughout”– La Libre Belgique, Brussels
“Alonso’s performance was engaging, contrasting and loyal to the music. His touch is clear and robust, his technique flawless.”– La Tribuna, Rio de Janeiro
Cuban born pianist and conductor Orlando Alonso has already established a flourishing international reputation through his orchestral and recital performances in North America, South America and Europe. Noted for his challenging programs, artistic maturity and versatility, his repertoire ranges from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven through the Romantics, Liszt and Brahms, to works by contemporary composers.
Mr. Alonso has performed with many of the major orchestras in Cuba as well as 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, George Enescu Symphony Orchestra in Romania and Ossia Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Alonso has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York and has performed extensively throughout Europe, North and South America and China.
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.
Orlando Alonso studied with Jorge Luis Prats at the Havana Conservatory, Herbert Stessin at the Juilliard School and with Zenon Fishbein and Horacio Gutierrez at the Manhattan School of Music.
Mr. Alonso studied conducting with Zdenek Macal at the Manhattan School of Music and has participated in master classes given by Kurt Masur. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Ossia Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Artistic Director of Ensemble LPR.