Alfonso Moreno is one of the greatest interpreters known to the world of classical guitar. Moreno takes a symphonic approach to the guitar, using a broad pallete of colors, timbres and dynamics, which often give the listener the sense of listening to an entire orchestra.
Moreno is well known for his prodigious technique and intense musical interpretations. He has give over 3000 concerts throughout Europe, America and Asia, transforming audiences with the sweetness, depth and sincerity of his interpretation.
Born in Mexico into a family with a strong tradition of art and culture, he began his musical studies at the age of four. He has acquired music degrees in violin, composition, conducting, and guitar.
Since 1968, when he won first place in the Paris International Guitar Competition, organized by Radio and Television of France, his career has taken him to some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the Tchaikovski Hall in Moscow, the Bolsoi Hall of the Philharmonic of St. Petersburg, the Philharmonic of Kiev, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Hollywood Bowl, the Concert Hall of Nagoya, the Yamaha Hall of Tokyo, the Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall of London, and Great Theatre of Istanbul.
In addition to his solo concerts, Alfonso Moreno has been an active proponent of the classical guitar in other capacities. He has given Master Classes and recitals, played in chamber music ensambles, and as a soloist with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras. These include the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of China , the Atlanta Virtuosi, the Soloists of Münich, the Virtuosos of Sophia, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1995, he became the founder and director of the Guitar Orchestra of Xalapa, which has performed over 250 concerts throughout Mexico, Europe, and Asia.
His repertoire ranges from ancient music to music by contemporary composers. Many composers have written works specifically for him. These include: Peter L. Panin, Francisco González, Armando Lavalle, Raúl Ladrón de Guevara, Jean Louis Petit, and Xavier Camino.
Moreno has transcribed more than 50 works for the guitar. One of the most important transcriptions is the Concerto No. 1 in D Major by Niccolo Paganini, originally for violin, now part of the guitar virtuoso repertoire. Moreno took this work to concert halls throughout Europe, Asia and America on over 50 occasions.
In 1999 Moreno co founded the Latin American Guitar Quartet along with guitarists Eugenia Rodriguez (Chile), Marcela Sfriso and Walter Ujaldon (Argentina), which made its debut at the International Guitar Festival in Turkey, as soloists with the Istambul Philharmonic, under Ionescu Galati. For the 2000-20001 season, the quartet has been invited to perform in over 15 festivals, which are paying homage to Joaquin Rodrigo, throughout Mexico, the United States, South America, Asia and Europe.