The Spanish pianist and cultural impresario Calio Alonso graduated in piano from the Conservatorio Superior del Liceo de Barcelona (Spain) and studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar (Germany) where he specialized in vocal accompaniment. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Granada and a Master’s degree in Business Management of Cultural Institutions and Industries from the University of Barcelona.
In the words of the renowned critic Arturo Reverter “the piano art of Calio Alonso is delicate, musical, with impeccable diction, adjustment and special expressive finesse”. He has performed on countless occasions both as a soloist and as a member of chamber groups, ensembles, choral groups and orchestras throughout Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Slovakia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Mexico. He has performed recitals for Opus 94 of the Mexican Radio, radio of the University of Costa Rica and Radio Clásica of Spanish National Radio, as well as Canal Sur TV Spain and Quince TV of Costa Rica.
He was recently named YAMAHA artist as well as the Costa Rican trumpet player and cultural ambassador of the country Alexis Morales. Both became in 2022 the “Atlantic Duo”. Calio Alonso has collaborated with maestro Pablo Heras-Casado, flamenco star Marina Heredia, famous singers Raquel Pierotti, Mariola Cantarero and the three-time Grammy Award-winning American mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung -with whom he recorded his first Lied album, titled Songs for a Farewell on the IBS Classical label-. He also has performed with the French horn at the MET Opera Orchestra of NYC Hugo Valverde, violinist Pablo Martos, conductors Janos Acs and Christoph Talmont, La Fura del Baus, the Jenaer Philharmoniker, the City of Granada Orchestra and the Opera Choir of the same city, ensemble UCR Coral of Costa Rica, the American competition for singing “ORFEO” or the National Choir Coral Simón Bolívar and the Venezuelan “El Sistema” of Youth Orchestras and Choirs. He has also worked for the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester or the European Union Youth Orchestra as Delegated Director of project, at IMG Artists, alongside great artists like David Afkham, Tzimon Barto or maestro Christoph Eschenbach, for whom he is currently agent for Spain and Latin America, as well as for conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, for whom he has also been for five years his personal assistant and agent for Spain.
He has worked as vocal coach at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt”, Conservatorio profesional de música “Ángel Barrios” of Granada and University of Costa Rica. He is regulary invited as maestro for the singing and conducting departments at Conservatorio Itinerante “Inocente Carreño” of Venezuela, as part of “El Sistema”. He has given lectures and masterclasses in Spain, Mexico or Costa Rica.
He contributes to making the work of women composers more visible, as well as supporting organizations with humanitarian objectives. His diverse production has been recognized with the Dame of Baza Award 2022, Alonso Cano National Award from the University of Granada, the Baza Joven Award for Artistic Creation or First Prize at the III Lied and Song National Competition “Fidela Campiña”.
He has lived and worked in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and his country. Currently he resides between Spain and Costa Rica where he combines his artistic, teaching and management work for Europe and Latin America.