Conductor & Musical Director Carlos Alvarado

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.

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Concertmaster  -  Alexander Norton

Alex Norton grew up on a farm near Orange in NSW and began learning the violin at the age of ten with John Gould at the Orange Regional Conservatorium. He holds a master’s degree from the Australian Institute of Music, where he studied with Peter Zhang and Alice Waten, and in 2005 he studied at the Australian National Academy of Music with Alice Waten and Mark Mogeilevski, also performing in masterclasses with Kolja Blacher, Oleh Krysa, Felix Andrievsky and Richard Tognetti.

His solo performances include the Mendelssohn concerto with the Sydney Youth Orchestra (2003) and Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 with the Sydney Sinfonia and Richard Gill (2006). He has given recitals in the South Melbourne Town Hall and the Art Gallery of NSW, and has been a member of the Sydney String Quartet since 2003, as well as performing with contemporary ensemble Halcyon.

Alex Norton has played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra, with whom he has toured internationally. He has also been concertmaster of the Orange Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. In addition, he has played on numerous movie soundtracks and appeared as a Ned Kelly fiddler in the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.

He has performed and toured with the Sydney Symphony since 2006, when he participated in the orchestra’s Fellowship program, and joined the orchestra as a full-time member in December 2011.

Biography courtesy of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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