Alfonso Lopez, violinist, composer, & conductor, is concertmaster of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra (OSV), Professor of Violin at the Emil Friedman School, and founding member of the Friedman String Quartet. His orchestral work, Caribe Pirana, was premiered in 2000 by the OSV. In 2007, his String Serenade was premiered in Russia by the Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra. Lopez has conducted the OSV, the Michigan University Philharmonia Orchestra, and several youth orchestras. He has played a Joseph Curtin violin since 1999.