Aldo Ruiz-Alonso

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     A native of Tijuana, Baja California, Aldo Ruiz-Alonso has toured extensively around Mexico and California with many prominent professional ensembles such as the Orquesta de Baja California, Ópera de Tijuana, Coro Pro Música Ensenada, Orquesta del Puerto, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), Camerata de la Facultad de Artes UABC, Tijuana Camerata, Ensamble Cuatrotiempos, Musica Vitale, San Diego City Ballet, and Opera NEO.  In 2015, he had the privilege of accompanying world-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo and soprano Ana María Martínez in a concert at the Valle de Guadalupe.  Aldo has also shared the stage with such artists as tenor Fernando de la Mora, Mariachi Sol de México, Mariachi Nuevo Tecatitlán, Rocío Banquells, María del Sol, Ana Cirré, Mijares, Susana Zabaleta, as well as members of the Hausmann and Formosa quartets. 

     A lover of experimental music, Mr. Ruiz-Alonso has participated in the improvisation workshops of Dr. Mary Oliver, Dr. Vanessa Tomlinson, Dr. Erik Griswold, and UCSD professor Wilfrido Terrazas.  He is also proficient in many types of electronic music software such as PureData, Audacity, Processing and SuperCollider. 

     Currently, Aldo Ruiz-Alonso is the principal violist of The 8-Bit Symphony, the first Mexican symphonic video game music project, and a member of the Mannheim Flute Quartet, a flute and strings group active in San Diego.  Earlier this year, Aldo performed at Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.

     Mr. Ruiz-Alonso has performed in solo masterclasses for world-class musicians such as Paul Coletti, Che-Yen (Brian) Chen, Jonathan Moerschel, and Jorge Risi, as well as chamber music masterclasses with the Cuareim, Formosa, and Kronos quartets. 

     He feels fortunate to have studied under great teachers with four different nationalities: Mauricio Prieto-Astudillo (Mexico), Ara Ghukasyan (Armenia), Ethan Pernela (USA), and Chi-Yuan Chen (Taiwan).  Aldo is currently pursuing his graduate studies at San Diego State University with Dr. Chi-Yuan Chen, principal violist of the San Diego Symphony (Master of Music in viola performance, expected December 2018).

     Mr. Ruiz-Alonso has been a recipient of many awards, including the UABC Artistic Talent Scholarship, the Academic Merit for completing his Bachelor in Music with the highest grades of his graduating class, the Apoyo a la Promoción Artística y Cultural scholarship of the Centro Cultural Tijuana, as well as the San Diego State University’s Joseph Fisch Family Scholarship, School of Music and Dance Scholarship, and the Lieber-Flower Scholarship.