Dr. Victor Hugo Alvarez
Piano Studies Coordinator
Venezuelan-Cuban Pianist at CSN
Dr. Victor Hugo Alvarez,
Venezuelan-Cuban pianist, began his musical training at the age of 13 at the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba. After moving to his native country, he continued his musical studies under the guidance of American pianist Harriet Serr who represented the piano school of Isabel Vengerova. In addition, joined the prestigious choral ensemble Schola Cantorum de Caracas, and studied voice with Venezuelan renowned soprano Fedora Alemán. Under the auspices of the National Cultural Council of Venezuela, Victor Hugo entered the Diploma Program at the Juilliard School, New York, to later earn a Masters Degree from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music - CUNY. While in New York, he studied under the tutelage of pianists W. Masselos, Agustín Anievas, German Diez, and Arkady Aronov; and Vincent LaSelva and Leonard Bernstein in orchestra conducting. By 1983, Victor Hugo had participated in the Concert Artist Guild Competition, New York and the Ferrucio Bussoni Piano Competition Italy where he was praised for his diversity of style and musicianship.
In 1989, he was invited to be Assistant Professor of music at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and won the position for one year as Professor of Piano at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico. While residing there, he was guest artist at the Mostly Mozart Festival with the Orquesta de Camara de Puerto Rico, and he also served as adjudicator and Chairman of the Jury for the Jesus Maria Sanroma and Luis A. Ferré piano competitions.
In 1991, an article written by Mr. Alvarez comparing Mozart and Cimarosa won a stipend award to participate at the Mozart Bicentennial at Lincoln Center, New York. A year later he was awarded a scholarship to participate at the Curso Internacional de Musica Española, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Upon completion of his contracts in Puerto Rico, Victor Hugo was awarded a scholarship at the University of Miami, where he graduated in 1995 with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree under Professor Emeritus Rosalina Sackstein.
Professionally, Mr. Alvarez has been guest pianist in solo and orchestra appearances in different countries: Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Italy, Austria, Yugoslavia and the United States. His vast teaching experience, which includes numerous piano master classes and clinics in Latin America and the USA, has produced numerous award-winning students. Recently, Mr. Alvarez was invited to teach and lecture at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and to be part of the jury for the Reno Piano Festival 2001-2004 and the Rochester Piano Festival 2002-2004.
In addition to his solo performances, Victor Hugo performs with Dominican pianist, Damaris Morales Alvarez, as a successful piano duo team. This piano duo has performed with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Santo Domingo, the Nevada Chamber Symphony, the Florida Chamber Orchestra and the CSN Studio Orchestra among others.
In 1997, Dr. Alvarez joined the music faculty at the College of Southern Nevada. Currently, as full-professor and coordinator of the piano program CSN Performing Arts Department, Dr. Alvarez heads the annual CSN Piano Concerto Competition for Young Pianists and the CSN Chamber Music Festival.