Alfonso Montecino

Alfonso Montecino was born in the small town of Osorno, Chile, in 1924. He eventually moved to the capital city of Santiago, where he studied piano with Alberto Spikin, and composition with Domingo Santa Cruz. In 1947, he moved to the United States, where he studied piano with fellow Chilean Claudio Arrau. He also studied composition with Randall Thompson at Princeton University, with Edgar Varèse and Roger Sessions at Columbia University and the Julliard School of Music and with Bohuslav Martinu at Mannes College in New York. Montecino developed an international concert career for his performances of the great works for keyboard, such as J. S. Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" and Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. He also promoted the music of Latin American composers, contributing to the repertory as a composer himself. He joined the piano faculty at the Jacobs School of Music in 1963, serving until 1988, when he retired as professor emeritus.