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Dourthe, Alberto (July 1925-13th August 2020)

He was a violinist and teacher born in Temuco, Chile who studied violin from a very early age and began performing concerts when he was 11 years old.  He took studies at the Conservatories of Belgium, Luxembourg and Santiago, Chile.

In 1943, when he was 17 years old, he became a first violin with the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile and in 1945 was awarded the Orrego Carvallo Prize.  He took time out to perform with the Chile chamber orchestra, ballet and opera and in 1974 went back to the National Symphony Orchestra and took the position of concertmaster.

He was awarded a scholarship from the Musical Extension Institute and in 1953 went to Europe where the French Government also awarded him an honorary scholarship.  He studied in Paris at the School of Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibauld and after he returned to Chile was awarded a professorship at the University of Chile’s National Conservatory of Music.

He has performed other orchestras that include the University of Chile Orchestra, the Filarmonica, the European Youth Orchestra, La Orquesta de Camera in Paris, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean-Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra  and has duetted with the guitarist Luis Orlandini.

In the field of musical education he was a professor at the National Conservatory of Music in Chile, taught at the Franco Belgian School at the Conservatory and Escuela Moderna de Musica in Santiago, Chile.

In 2002 he was presented with an Award celebrating his musical career by the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile and in 2004 was named “Illustrious Son of Temuco” in celebration of his career as a violinist and teacher.

He died in August 2020 when he was 95 years old.

Jean-Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra recordings
Adagio in G minor (Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni /Remo Giazotto) Erato 2292 45200 2 (CD: Pachelbel Canon; Albinoni: Adagio)

Here he is performing the fourth movement of Johannes Brahms’ “Double Concerto” with cellist Carlos Dourthe and Orchestre Philarmonique du Luxembourg…


  5. CD Liner Notes: Erato 2292 45200 2 – Pachelbel Canon; Albinoni: Adagio