ALFONSO CALDERON DE CASTRO Alfonso Calderón de Castro, born in Málaga, Spain, in 1970, meets the world of music at an early age thanks to the influence of his mother, a piano teacher, and with the teaching guidance of Stephanie Cambier (Alfred Cortot and Edwin Fischer ‘s pupil)
He starts his musical studies at the Conservatory of Music of Málaga and finishes his superior studies with the highest marks at the Conservatory of Music of Sevilla under the tutorship of professor Ana Gujarro.
Once he finishes his superior studies he moves to Freibourg im Breisgau , Germany to perfect with Professor Tibor Szasz.
He also attends courses and master classes in Spain and in Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Germany and France with professors such as Elza Kolodin, Lilya Zilberstein, Vitali Margulis, Rudolf Kehrer, Asir Rosemberg, Stephanie Cambier, José Felipe Díaz and Joaquín Achúcarro…
In 1993 he competes for and wins the place of permanent piano professor by public exam and starts working at the Professional Music Conservatory in Fuengirola, Málaga, until 2003.
During this period he combines his teaching work with his profession as a concert pianist, playing the piano as a soloist as well as in chamber music orchestras.
In 2000 he is appointed general project manager of the” International Comenius Project I” , where Spain, Italy and Portugal participate. The project deals with Popular Music
In 2003 he is chosen to take part as the soloist on tour with the “Juventudes Musicales de Andalucia” .
In May 2003 he performs the world premiere of composer and orchestra conductor Pedro Halffter’s “ Dos Preludios para piano”, in Seville.
In 2005 He collaborates on the journal Hoquet as a feature writer and he is also the speaker on “The week of Contemporary music” held at the Conservatory of Music in Málaga, where he performs “Klavierstücke IX by Stockhausen” receiving the following critic by Justo Romero, the musical critic of the newspaper “ El mundo” :
“ …pianist gifted by powerful means, performing in jubilant, energetic versions and of convincing authority with power matching hipervirtuosity ; a hardened,extroverted, bright and soundly shaped artist…”
In 2007 he takes part in the festival CIMA , Toscana, Italy (Concerti in Monte Argentario) commemorating the 250th aniversary of Domenico Scarlatti’s death.
In the same year he is awarded the Music Performing Prize of the association “Friends of the Spanish College” in Paris, consisting of the recording of a CD edited by INAEM.
In 2008 He is given a scholarship by Junta de Andalucía to do research on Scarlatti’s sonatas, living during the academic course 2008-09, in CIUP (Cité Internationale Universitarie, Paris), where he continues to perfect with the professors Jorge Chamine and Marie-Françoise Bucquet.
During the academic course 2009-10, he will start working as a professor in the “Conservatorio Superior Manuel Castillo” in Sevilla, as soon as he finishes his research.
It must be added that Alfonso Calderón’s pianistic orientation is greatly influenced by Busoni´s pianistic technique.