Born in Oviedo (Spain) where he studied with Oleg Lev and Hector Corpus, Alfonso Noriega attended the Guildhall School of Music in London with Krzysztof Chorzelski, the Hochschule für Musik Basel with Silvia Simionescu and the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen with James Creitz. Other important music mentors are Mark Steinberg, Milan Radic, Eric Nowlin, Leslie Robertson, Rivka Golani, Henk Guittart, Tsiala Kvernadze, Per Nyström, German Clavijo, Emile Naumoff, André Laplante, Andrew Burashko, Hardy Rittner, Pedja Muzijevic, Marco Blaauw and Gavriel Lipkind,
Since 2013, he is the viola player of the Britten Pears Contemporary Ensemble at the Aldeburgh Festival in the UK (Oliver Knussen, Gregory Charette, Colin Matthews and Michael Gandolfi), acting as Solo and Co-principal violist at the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and Ensemble (Pierre Boulez, Sir Simon Rattle, Pablo Heras-Casado, David Robertson, Matthias Pintscher, Heinz Holliger and the Ensemble Intercontemporain) and handpicked by Lorin Maazel for the resident orchestra at his Castleton Festival from 2012 to 2014 in the USA (also with Donald Runnicles) and at the Oman Royal Opera House 2012.
During the season 2012/2013, he was the viola Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, coaching at the Youth Orchestra Symposium 2012 and 2013 and, during the Spring and Summer of 2014, as visiting teacher in the class of Prof. Angella Ahn at the the Montana State University in the USA.
Alfonso Noriega is an alumni of the Britten Pears and Aldeburgh World Orchestra Programme (Sir Mark Elder, Robin Ticciati, Ed Gardner, Stuart Bedford and Antonello Manacorda), NJO and Dutch Ensemble Academy (Reinbert de Leeuw) and the orchestral training programs of the London Symphony/Guildhall School 2010/11 (Sir Colin Davies, James Gaffigan and Gustavo Dudamel) and the City of Birmingham Orchestra 2008/09 (Andris Nelsons and Sakari Oramo).
Alfonso Noriega was also invited to attend the Attergau Institute (Bertrand De Billy), Prussia Cove, Klangspuren Schwaz, Moritzburg, Aurora Chamber Music and the Montecito and Atlantic Festivals in the USA and as colaborative violist of Manufaktur für Aktuelle Musik (Festival Der Projektgruppe Neue Musik Bremen 2014) In the spring of 2013, he was also invited to play with the Ensemble musikFabrik Köln and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias.
He is the recipient of the Birmingham Chamber Music Society Prize 2009 (Sylvia Cleaver & Derek Young Memorial) and has been supported by the AIE (Spanish Association of Performers) from 2012 to 2014. Since September 2014, he is the viola academist of the Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt (IEMA) pursuing a Master in Contemporary Music at the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt.
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