Alan Kovacs

Alan Kovacs

Viola Professor

Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio - Facultad de Música y Artes Escénicas

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He enjoys a broad trajectory as a soloist as well as a teacher, winning the first prize of the entire string category of the “Coca-Cola in the Arts and Science Award” in Buenos Aires. As a member of the “La Plata University String Quartet” he gave concerts in South America, Washington, London, Paris, Vienna, Bern and Madrid; they also received the Konex and “Paulina D’Ambrosio” Awards at the International String Quartet Competition Villa Lobos in Rio de Janeiro. His main teachers were Ljerko Spiller in Buenos Aires and Rainer Moog in Cologne.

Since 1990 he lives in Spain where he was principal viola at the “Madrid Symphony Orchestra” and continued his activities as a soloist and in chamber music groups.  Currently he is viola professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid. He has given courses at the Alcalá University, International Andalucía University, Príncipe Felipe Foundation in Asturias and master classes in Spain, Argentina and Paraguay.

In the academic field he holds a PhD at the Rey Juan Carlos University focusing his research in music performance and the Béla Bartók viola Concerto.

It is in his teaching where his experience on stage and research in Pedagogy and performance are drawn together. The visible fruits of his labor are his students, they play in orchestras like Berlin Philharmonic, Scala de Milano, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, European Youth Orchestra, JONDE, or are teaching in many conservatories in Spain.