ABOUT

For Alberto Álvarez-Calero conducting is mainly the art of communicating. He thinks that music should be a catalytic medium that serves to transform people and society, through the unrepeatable value of each performance.

Born in Seville (Spain), this conductor does not focus on a particular style, but approaches repertoires from different periods with the same enthusiasm and thoroughness. He has a special interest in performing lesser-known pieces, without forgetting the general repertoire. When it comes to pieces from the late 18th and early 19th century, he does so on the basis of historically well-informed criteria.

He made his operatic debut conducting the operas I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) and Bluebeard´s Castle (Bartók), at the State Opera of Stara Zagora (Bulgaria).

He is founder and leader since 2016 of the Orquesta de cámara de Bormujos, one of the most active professional chamber orchestras in southwest Spain, gaining good acceptance and critical acclaim. With it, the conductor is expanding new repertoires with works from the past performed little or not at all in the present, by composers such as J. Martin Kraus, P. Wranitzky, A. Gyrowetz, A. Eberl, Chevalier de Saint Georges, J. B. Vanhal, A. Salieri, etc. Concerned about the dissemination of historical music in society, Álvarez-Calero tries to share his impressions with the public just before starting his concerts, beyond presenting the program. That makes the public feels motivated and involved.

Alberto Álvarez-Calero has conducted orchestras like Chamber Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Russian Federal Orchestra, Orquesta Joven de Andalucía (OJA), Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), Orquesta Sinfónica Ciutat d'Elx, Orquesta de Cámara "Manuel de Falla", Orquesta de Cámara "Andrés Segovia", etc.

He is also founder of the "Maese Rodrigo" Choir (2006-2019), with which he won a First Prize in the 10th International Competition "Venezia in musica" (2012).

After studying first guitar until obtaining the professional title, later he reaches the title of Direction of Choir at the Seville Superior Conservatory of Music "Manuel Castillo". He trained conducting with Juan Luis Pérez, György Ráth, Michail Jurowsky, Bruno Aprea, Vakhtang Jordania, Pedro Halffter, Maximiliano Zumalave, Manuel Hernández Silva, or Enrique García Asensio.

Plus music, he is Graduate in Geography and History (major in Art), and Doctor at the University of Seville, where he is a professor. He belogs to the Department of Artistic Education. Occasionally he lectures on music.

As a composer, he has premiered works for orchestra, choir, guitar, band, etc., in Spain and Italy, winning several awards: VII Creación Joven (Seville, 1996); Bienale dei Giovani Artisti dell'Europa e del Mediterraneo (Turin, 1997); III Composition Competition Prize "Ciudad de Getafe" (2009).

He has published rather books and research articles about Music. His last books are titled John Dowland. La música inglesa en tiempos de melancolía ["John Dowland. The English music in times of melancholy"], Ed. Fórcola, 2022), and La importancia de la escucha y el silencio ["The importance of the listening and the silence"], Ed. Profit, 2020).

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