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Biography.

Juan Enrique Alonso is an emerging tuba artist from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, currently based in Dallas, TX, where he serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler. 

 

Alonso has shared the stage with many of America’s top orchestras, having performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, The Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, Syracuse Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and others. He has performed the entire 2021 and 2022 summer seasons with the Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as a large majority of the 2021-2022 concert season while the position was vacant. In recent years, he has accompanied some of the world's most renowned musical artists, including Byron Stripling, Canadian Brass, Chris Botti, Kelli O'Hara, Kenny G, Leslie Odom Jr, Sultans of String, and Veronica Swift. He has performed under the baton of several prominent conductors, including Robert Spano, Matthias Pintscher, Gerard Schwarz, JoAnn Falletta, Ormsby Wilkins, John Morris Russell, Lawrence Loh, Ron Spigelman, Jack Everly, Bradley Thachuk, Mark Gibson, Jane Glover, and Vladimir Kulenovic. His playing can be heard in the Eastman Wind Ensemble recording of David Liptak's Folgore's Months, as well as in the Naples Brass recording of A Christmas Celebration Vol. 3, featuring members of the Naples Philharmonic. 

Additionally, Alonso is an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has held fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Wagner Opera Institute, National Music Festival, and Miami Music Festival, as well as summer institute fellowships with the Detroit Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony. Other acceptances have included offers for the Chautauqua, Sewanee, and Brevard Music Festivals, as well as the Festival de Opera de San Luis. His recent accomplishments include being a finalist for the Minnesota Orchestra Fellowship, New World Symphony, and the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, as well as a semi-finalist for the Buffalo Philharmonic, U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass, USAF Band of the West, and USAF Heritage Band. He has also performed the John Williams Tuba Concerto with the world-renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mark Davis Scatterday after having won a concerto competition.

Alonso has found success in several international competitions amongst tubists from China, Japan, and South Korea, having been a semi-finalist in the Leonard Falcone International Solo Artist competition, ITEC Tuba Artist division, ITEC Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestra competition, and the winner of the 2021 “Stars and Shipes” International Military Audition, judged by principal members of the U.S. “President’s Own” Marine Band, U.S. “Pershing’s Own” Army Ceremonial Band, U.S. Army Field Band, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band. He has also been a prize-winner at several regional ITEA conferences in the solo, mock orchestra, and mock band auditions — conferences in which he has now given artist recitals.

Prior to his current university positions, Alonso served as a Teaching Assistant at the Frost School of Music and Eastman School of Music, as well as Instructor of Tuba at the University of Rochester. He has given masterclasses at the collegiate and grade school level, with students being accepted into top universities across the country. He is a founding member of the Tuba and Euphonium Charity Series (TECS), committed to providing the highest available educational opportunities to students of various backgrounds and promoting necessary values of diversity, equality, and inclusion.

 

In 2022, he was named a Henry Mancini Fellow at the renowned Frost School of Music, selected to pursue a prestigious Artist Diploma. While pursuing a doctoral degree at the Eastman School, Alonso was selected for a Performer’s Certificate and was a Jim Self award recipient. He holds an MM from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a BM from Texas Christian University (TCU). Alonso owes all of his success to his cherished primary instructors who have never ceased to support him: Aaron Tindall, Craig Sutherland, Don Harry, Tim Northcut, and Richard Murrow, as well as his mentors Warren Deck, Chris Olka, and Andrew Dougherty.

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