Alfonso Lopez is one of the most versatile and prominent musicians of his
generation in Venezuela. Currently he is the concertmaster of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra(OSV) which, as the national symphony, is the oldest and the principal orchestra in the country. He is also a professor of violin at the
Emil Friedman School, the outstanding private musical and general educational institution in the country founded in 1949 by Emil Friedman, a Czech violinist and conductor. Mr. Lopez received his high school diploma from both the Friedman school and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan; then completed a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) and an M.A. in music from the University of Michigan. He has also had advanced musical training in Austria and England. His principal violin teachers were Emil Friedman, Julia Bushkova, and Paul Kantor. As a concertmaster, he has performed with the Aspen Concert Orchestra, the chamber orchestra Virtuosi de Caracas, the Camerata Criolla, etc. He has performed as a soloist with the OSV on several occasions. He is a founding member and the first violinist of the Friedman String Quartet, an ensemble that has performed many times in the most important concert halls in Caracas. His orchestral work, Caribe Pirana, was premiered in 2000 by the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, with Juan Carlos Nunez conducting. His String Serenade was premiered in Russia by the Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra in 2007, performed in Belarus in 2008, and he conducted this piece for its Venezuela premiere with the OSV in 2008. He conducts the OSV on a regular basis and other youth symphony orchestras. Currently he is the music director of Orquesta Tipica Emil Friedman and assistant conductor of Arcos Juveniles de Caracas. Outside of Venezuela he has concertized in Russia, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Since the year 2004, Mr. Lopez has been playing recitals in the Southeastern U.S. performing two tours each year with pianist Michelle Tabor. In Caracas Lopez and Tabor have performed in prominent chamber music festivals such as Pro Musica de Camara, the Friedman Festival, and Asociacion Cultural Humbolt.
In the year 2011 he has guest conducting and recital appearances abroad, and will present his new violin and piano sonata.