Alejandro Valdepeñas joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the 2022–23 season as associate principal viola. A native of Toronto, Canada, Valdepeñas made his solo debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and violinist Sarah Chang at the age of nine. Recent engagements include performances and recordings with the Amici Chamber Ensemble and The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloists.
He’s also performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and he’s spent multiple summers performing as a violinist with The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. His summer engagements have also included the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival at Yale University.
Valdepeñas received his bachelor-of-music degree from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Paul Biss, and his master-of-music degree from Rice University, where he studied with Paul Kantor. He plays on a violin made in 1684 by Francesco Ruggieri and a viola made in 1756 by Domenico Busan.