Since coming to Australia in 2002, Carlos has been actively developing his musical career. From 2012 Carlos has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Sydney North Chamber Orchestra, a group that toured to South America as part of an International Choral Festival “America Cantat7”.
In 2004 Carlos was Co-founder of the Wollongong Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra that became a symbol of the cultural development in Wollongong and the Illawarra region (NSW) Australia.
Since April 2003 Carlos is the Musical Director of the Manly-Warringah Choir and Orchestra with whom he has conducted the most representative works of the Choral-Orchestral Classical repertoire. .
Carlos is as well a regular guess conductor of the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.
Many Important Australian and International figures such as James Morrison, Timothy Kain, Konstantin Shamray, John Chen, Tatiana Kolosova, Alexandra Loukianova, Deborah De Graaff, Emma Moor and many other soloists have been part of the programs conducted under Carlos Alvarado baton.
Carlos has as well founded a variety of choirs and music ensembles. The most recent being “Cantares”, a new choral ensemble with members from the Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Wollongong areas.
In 2010 Carlos was appointed Music Director of WIN Television Australia (2010-2012).
Carlos started his musical career as a pianist under Maestro Jorge Zorro, one of the leading personalities in the Colombian Music Education System.
Having won a full scholarship from the Colombian Institute of Credit to study in Russia, Carlos obtained his Opera and Symphonic Conducting Doctorate degree at the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium of Music of Moscow where he studied under Gennady Rozhdestvensky. He also undertook higher studies in choral conducting, piano, theory and voice technique, and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in choir conducting from the same Conservatorium.
In 1990-92, he was invited by Professor Hellmuth Rilling and the International Bach Academy of Stuttgart to take part as an Active Conductor in various courses and festivals with the Bach Collegium Orchestra and the Gachinnger Kantoire Choir inStuttgart(Germany),Moscowand Santiago de Compostela (Spain).
Carlos returned to Colombia after finishing his academic studies. During this time he was guest conductor of the main Colombian orchestras, conducted several groups, choirs and ensembles and taught conducting in most of the important universities in Bogota, Colombia.