Early MusiChicago

Alvaro Huertas


The Colombian harpsichordist Alvaro Huertas was born in Bogotá in 1957.  His mother gave him musical training, and he took his first piano lessons with the pianist Arnaldo García-Guinand.  In 1976 he left for Nashville, U.S.A., where he stayed three years as a student of the School of Music at Belmont University.

A pupil of Rafael Puyana in Paris, Alvaro Huertas received the artistic legacy of the great Wanda Landowska.  At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama of London, Alvaro Huertas specialized in ancient music, thanks to a fellowship of the British Council awarded for 1984.  He worked with Philip Pickett, Stephen Preston, Catherine Mackintosh and David Roblou.  Alvaro Huertas attended master classes given by Nicanor Zabaleta, Alicia de la Rocha, Sigiswald and Barthold Kuijken and the harpsichordist Christophe Rousset.

Alvaro Huertas' first European recital took place in the Casa Morisca de Yanguas, a precinct of the XIII century located in the famous Albaicin of Granada.  In England he played several concerts, being considered outstanding by the critics on his recital at Canning House, London.

Since his return to Colombia Alvaro Huertas has engaged in numerous musical activities, playing the wonderful music of the XVII and XVII centuries throughout the country.  In support of his work The Central Bank invited him to inaugurate the Concert Hall in Leticia, Amazonas.

In June of 1990, Alvaro Huertas appeared at the Hall of the Americas in the Organization of American States, Washington with great success.  At the XXXIII International Course of Music in Compostela, Spain, Alvaro Huertas won the Andres Segovia Award as the most outstanding interpreter.  During the EXPOSevilla in 1992 the Nuevo Barroco Ensemble, conducted by Alvaro Huertas, made its European debut.  In 1994 Alvaro Huertas was invited to play with the Symphony Orchestra of Colombia the D Minor Concerto by J.S. Bach and with the Symphony Orchestra of the Valle and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota Poulenc's Concert Champestre and recorded it live for the national TV.

During 1997 and 1998 Alvaro Huertas played in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Asuncion and Lima, a program from the colonial archives of Santafe de Bogota's Cathedral; during that summer he was invited to play with the Dolmetsch Ensemble at the International Festival of Music in Sabaudia, Italy.  In October 1998 he played at The Corcoran Gallery and Saint Mathews' Cathedral in Washington D.C. and in 2001 gave a series of concerts in Budapest and The Carpinetto Romano Festival in Italy.