Jonathan Orlando Álvarez
Jonathan Orlando Álvarez, born in Los Teques, Venezuela. Began his practices in "El Sistema", under the tutelage of Prof. Félix Petit at the Conservatoire of Music Simón Bolívar and the Double Bass School of Venezuela, moreover, received master classes from Klaus Stoll, Janne Saksalas, Nabil Shehata or Edicson Ruiz from the Berliner Philharmoniker, among others. Was a member and guest player of the highest level symphonic orchestras of his country from an early age, playing under the conducting of José Antonio Abreu, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle or Gustavo Dudamel, among others, and touring from Norway to China concert halls. He won positions as permanent double bass at the Caracas Municipal Symphonic Orchestra (2012) and principal bass at the Simón Bolívar Baroque Orchestra (2014) getting involved in the early music with original instruments, receiving also master classes from Michael Form, and was awarded a scholarship to the Academy of Ancient Music, Brunico (2016), receiving master classes and sharing stage with Riccardo Coelati, Roberta Invernizzi or Midori Seiler. Nowadays based in Madrid, he won a first place to the Navarra Symphony Orchestra (2017) and more recently as a freelance player, works with il Pomo d'Oro Orchestra and symphonic ensembles all-over Spain, among others, going through the ancient to modern repertoire. He's co-founder, as well, of emerging groups as the Cantabrian Symphony Orchestra (2018) and the Humboldt Orchestra (2019) along Michael Form, and has shared stage with artists such as Péter Eötvös, Paquito d'Rivera, Lucero Tena, Anna Fedorova or Joyce DiDonato, Philippe Jaroussky, Lisette Oropesa or Jakub Józef Orliński. In addition, he collaborates with nonprofit organizations such as "El Sistema'' inspired programs, youth symphonic orchestras or the Spanish Red Cross, and was given during his activities in Venezuela the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador recognition.