"Vela plays with great sentiment, elegance, exceptional technique and a profound musicality." - Mundo Clásico
Praised for his power to carry an audience away through his ability to create an atmosphere of mystery and sensuous beauty, Alejandro Vela is a pianist of Northern Mexican origin now performing in concert halls around the world. Recent solo recitals have brought him to Finland, Estonia, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Germany, Ukraine, Mexico, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan.
Alejandro Vela has performed as soloist with most of the Mexican orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro, the Camerata de Coahuila and with many American ones, including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony led by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras in Israel, Canada and the Dominican Republic. He has appeared at Chicago's Ravinia Festival, El Paso Pro-Musica concert series, Alice Tully Hall in New York, National Arts Center in Mexico and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Recently, Vela gave acclaimed performances at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, Denki Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall in Nagoya, Estonia's Mederi Hall, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Sibelius Museum in Turku, Mihail Jora Concert Hall in Bucharest, Óbudai Társaskör in Budapest, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Mexico City's En blanco y negro festival, Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Other recent highlights include television appearances for NHK TV Japan, Canal 22 México and live webcasts for Canada's Classical 96.3FM and Radio Romania.
Born and raised in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia Vela Mante, and later from Robert Avalon. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from The Juilliard School under Yoheved Kaplinsky.