Born in Oviedo, Spain, as a performer of contemporary music, Alfonso Noriega is currently the violist of the Ulysses European Ensemble, Manufaktur für Aktuelle Musik, Lucerne Festival Alumni and Britten Pears Contemporary Music Ensembles.
For the Spring and Summer 2018, he is being invited to return also to the IRCAM ManiFeste and the Paris Philharmonie, Shanghai New Music Week and the Aldeburgh Festival. In the USA, he will be performing again as a soloist and with ensemble at the US Spoleto Festival as well as a fellow with the Eight BlackBirds Lab in Ojai . Recent past performances include the Norfolk Festival, ISCM Korea, WDR Wittener Tage, Kurt Weill Festivals, Mixtur Barcelona, Gaudeamus Muziekweek Utrecht, 8Brücken Cologne, Zeitgenössische Musik & ZKM Karlsruhe, Frankfurt Cresc Biennale, Ruhrtrienale and Hong Kong New Vision Festival.
He has worked with Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Wolfgang Rihm, Helmut Lachenmann, Dieter Ammann, Michael Jarrell, Beat Furrer, Michel Van der Aa, Yan Maresz, Brett Dean, Oliver Knussen, Jörg Widmann, Toshio Hosokawa and Matthias Pintscher and with conductors Simon Rattle, Colin Davies, Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, James Gaffigan, Emilio Pomarico, David Robertson, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ingo Metzmacher, Hans Graff, Peter Rundel and Lucas Vis.
A former viola fellow at Frankfurt’s Ensemble Modern and the Banff Centre for Arts, he collaborates with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Remix Ensemble, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and with the orchestras of the City of Birmingham, Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonic.
He has taught as visiting assistant artist at the Montana State University, US Montecito International Music Festival and the Banff Centre for the Arts Orchestral Symposiums and is currently collaborating with the Tulane University and Loyola Faculty of Music in New Orleans.
Alfonso is also the Artistic Development Manager of DakApp, a digital library app of recorded masterclasses as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Cycle of Contemporary Music in Oviedo, his hometown in Spain. He holds Master degrees from the Guildhall School of Music in London and the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt and has recorded with the WDR, BBC, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Radio France, Arthaus, SWR, Radio Swiss and WQXR.
He is the recipient of the 2009 Birmingham Chamber Music Society Award in the UK.