Diego is a flamenco and classical guitarist, passionate educator & composer who specializes in flamenco, classical, Latin and jazz inspired music. He teaches and coaches flamenco and classical guitar privately and in workshop or clinic settings. Diego is also an expert lecturer on Flamenco history, music, and dance and travels across the country to give lectures, educational performances, workshops and school assembly programs on the topic.
He holds a Masters degree in flamenco pedagogy, musicology & ethnomusicology ("Flamencología") from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) and a B.S. in research psychology from Loyola University Chicago. His masters thesis analyzed and systematized expert practice & performance strategies in flamenco guitar via pedagogical evolution, expert guitarist interviews and testimonials, and scientific research on learning and expertise.
Diego also graduated with highest honors in flamenco guitar performance from the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain) where he studied under some of flamenco's most respected master educators and performers (Pedro Sierra, Niño de Pura, Paco Cortés, Eduardo Rebollar, Tino Van Der Sman, Javi Gomez, and Pepa Sanchez). In addition to his studies in flamenco music, Diego has taken master classes and workshops with Flavio Rodrigues, Jose Luis de la Paz, and Juan Carmona (flamenco), studied jazz theory and improvisation for 4 years with David Bloom & John Moulder, and studied classical guitar for 4 years with Peter Aglinskas (Loyola U. Chicago) & Denis Azabagic.
He has been composing, performing, and teaching across the globe since 2002 and has composed and shared the stage with a long list of prominent musicians from all genres of music including Miguel Vargas (flamenco dance), Kinan Abou-Afach (cello and composition), Ale el Cano (flamenco voice), Rocío Márquez (flamenco voice), Ronnie Malley (oud and vocals), Victor Garcia (jazz trumpet), Alberto Sellés (flamenco dance), Fulcrum Point New Music Project (contemporary classical) and many others. As an educator, Diego has taught over 10,000 private guitar lessons and has given over 300 hundred lectures, educational performances, workshops and clinics on flamenco music, dance & history since 2002.
Diego Alonso is the founder and director of The Sonanta School of Music. He performs in small and large ensembles for private and public events including educational programs, fairs, festivals, house concerts, music clubs, public concerts, recording studios, school assemblies, theaters, universities, and more. Diego Alonso plays Richard Bruné and Marshall Bruné custom flamenco guitars and uses a Visesnut flight case: www.mebrune.com.
Member: ACM (American Composers Forum), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), CMS (The College Music Society).