Victor Alcántara (* 1975 in Munich) is a German pianist, singer and composer of Peruvian descent, who is native to both classical and jazz. Alcántara, whose twin brother is the saxophonist Rafael Alcántara, trained as an alto soloist in the Tölz boys' choir, with which he also performed internationally. He was already a pianist of the Bundesjazzorchester at the age of 17. He studied jazz piano, classical piano and film composition at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich as well as at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. He then worked as a film composer (La Mer mit Franka Potente), studio musician (Knallharte Jungs, Das Wunder von Bern) and arranger (Nina Hagen Big Band Explosion). He released several albums with his own bands; with his brother he formed the Formacion Alcántara He has also worked as a sideman with Peter O-Mara (Back Seat Driver 1999), Bobby Shew, Clark Terry and Don Menza. Since 2001 he has been teaching jazz piano and improvisation at several German music colleges. He has written a textbook on Liedspiel and song accompaniment at the piano: Improvisation, Harmonisation and Stilkunde (Munich 2015). With his piano concerto Toccata Concertante he won the International Uuno Klami Competition for Composition in Finland in 2009.
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