Roberto Alonso is a musician and researcher based in Hong Kong where he works as an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University. His practice explores the connections between different artistic disciplines, from dance and music to video art and interactive sound installations. His recent work examines networked hybrid music practices endemic to a world increasingly mediated by AI and machine learning. His multipronged practice-based and -led research spans a post-structuralist reconsideration of musical workhood and authorship, technologically enhanced string pedagogy, gestural analysis, and interface development.
Born in Vigo (Spain) in 1983. He started his violin studies at the age of six in his hometown with professor Armando Toledo and professor Laura Quintillán. In 2001 he moved to London, becoming a student of professor Luzia Ibragimova (Yehudi Menuhin School) and, later, professor Jacqueline Ross (2002) and Nathaniel Vallois (2004) at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. During this period in the United Kingdom he completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours in 2005, he was awarded a scholarship by the Pedro Barrié de la Maza Foundation to undertake a Master of Music postgraduate program, finished in 2006, and completed a doctoral program (PhD) in 2012. In 2017 he finalized a Doctor of Musical Arts program (DMA) at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, under the guidance of Dr. Kirsten Yon.
Roberto was also awarded the Weingarten Scholarship to attend lessons with professor Vilmos Szabadi at the Ferenc Liszt Conservatory in Budapest. Besides his ample individual, orchestral and theoretical training he is a founding and active member of various chamber music groups, developing an intensive international performing and pedagogical career. He plays on an 1835 violin by Francesco Mauritzi and a bow by Claude Thomassin.