Alejandro Gonzalez Beltran, a native of Pereira, Colombia, holds a master's degree in cello performance from Missouri State University where he studied with Dr. Michael A. Murray. Mr. Gonzalez started playing cello at age 15 and ever since has been actively involved in the making of chamber and orchestral music with different groups both in Colombia and overseas. Alejandro has also had the opportunity to perform as soloist with orchestras in his home country, Jamaica and the United States.
Having musically grown up in a program of music for social inclusion (Batuta Risaralda), one of Alejandro’s career goals has been to balance performing at a professional level with his passion of teaching music for social change, a concept made famous globally by “El Sistema” in Venezuela. For that reason, Mr. Gonzalez has had the chance to teach music to children and youth of underserved communities in Colombia, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Haiti.