“An amazing violinist. His sense of melody and his vitality make him one of the most promising performers I have heard recently.”
– Javier Sayas, El Periódico de Aragón
Since he first started playing as soloist at the age of 19, his great sensitivity and connection with the audience through the emotion and honesty with which he approaches the music have made Alejandro Bustamante an exceptional violinist, one of the most outstanding of his generation. A versatile musician, he excels as a soloist with orchestra, in chamber music and as a recitalist with a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary.
Born in 1986, Alejandro Bustamante has received a music international training, first in Madrid and later in Indiana in the United States, under Sergio Castro, Anna Baget, Mimi Zweig, Rolando Prusak, Sergei Fatkulin, Latica Honda-Rosenberg and Nora Chastain, amongst others, and in chamber music with the Casals Quartet, Quiroga Quartet and Artemis Quartet, and with Eberhard Feltz.
Winner of the Permanent Competition of Juventudes Musicales de España in two categories – Chamber Music (2005) and String Instruments (2008) – in both of which the jury unanimously awarded him first prize or recently the « Rising Star award » of Cultura Viva. He has offered concerts in Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay in renowned halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Christel deHaan Fine Arts Center in Indianápolis, Auditorio Nacional de Música, Teatro Monumental and Fundación Juan March in Madrid, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Auditori in Barcelona, Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Auditorio in Zaragoza, Brandenburger Theater in Brandemburg, Instituto Cervantes in Brasilia or Teatro Solís in Montevideo, amongst others
As soloist, Alejandro Bustamante has played with orchestras such as Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Brandenburger Symphoniker Orchestra, Orquesta de Cámara de la Schubertiada, Orquestra de Cambra Illa de Menorca and Orquesta Sinfónica de la Provincia de Chaco (Argentina), under conductors including Antoni Wit, Pablo González, Christoph König, Jonathan Webb, Juan Luis Martínez and Josep Vicent.
In 2010, with pianist Enrique Bagaría with whom he forms a duo, he recorded his first CD for Columna Música with works by César Franck, Eduard Toldrà and Olivier Messiaen.
He is currently combining his career as performer with chamber music tuition at the High Conservatoire of Music of Castilla y León in Salamanca, Spain.
“Alejandro Bustamante captivates his audience with a brilliant, sparkling performance”
– Babette Kaiserkern, Meetingpoint Brandenburg
"Spanish national television’s cultural programme Programa de Mano interviewed me at length about my training and professional career. And to close the interview I was delighted to play 'Après un Rêve' by Gabriel Fauré with Aníbal Bañados, a pianist I have greatly admired since I was 12.
"After attending one of my concerts at the Barcelona Auditori, the maestro Guinjoan, suggested that I recover his violin concert that had not been played since its 1986 debut. Three years later in April 2013, we were able to do precisely that by organising this concert together with the Madrid Regional Orchestra, directed by Antoni Wit. I should like to thank Joan Guinjoan for having bestowed upon me one of the greatest honours of my professional career, for his generosity and for all that he has taught me both about music and life.
"Martastal” (Tango capricho con variación) was played as an encore at the end of the Joan Guinjoan concert. An energetic piece which the Argentinian composer Bernardo Stalman dedicated to his daughter, Marta. In fact, it is the play on words he makes with his daughter’s name, Marta Stalman that gives the piece its title.
Together with my good friend the pianist, Enrique Bagaria, I embarked upon a project which was to mark a turning point in our career as a duo. Juventudes Musicales de España offered us the possibility of recording our first CD for Columna Musica. It was a fantastic challenge and we decided to include on the CD everything that we had created together during our five years of sharing music. We chose three of our favourite pieces: Toldrá’s 6 Sonnets, Messiaen - Theme and Variations and Franck’s Sonata. Three very different pieces which we believe reflect a variety of worlds we feel very close to.