Latin American Harp Festival 2013

Born in San Pedro del Paraná, Paraguay, to a family of musicians. His first lessons in guitar, at age 9, came at the hands of his grandfather. Later, his uncle Rubén Sanabria introduced him to the basics of Paraguayan harp. Alberto went on to study musicology at the Conservatorio Universitario de Música de Montevideo in Uruguay before earning a master’s degree in literature and Hispanic culture from Northeastern Illinois University. Alberto plays the harp, guitar, Venezuelan cuatro, charango and other string instruments as he showcases Latin American and Paraguayan cultural traditions in performances throughout the United States. In Chicago, he taught music and Spanish and trained church choirs. He also performed at universities and other concert venues as part of the folk music groups Los Cantores Guaranies, Raíces del Ande and Mosaico. Alberto served several terms as president of the Paraguayan Cultural Center in Chicago before moving to Florida. Since 2011, he has lived in Pembroke Pines, Florida, dividing his attention between a family business and his music. He regularly offers seminars and classes on the harp and Latin American folklore traditions, and his work—both as a soloist and in collaboration with other musicians—is captured on the holiday CD Latin American Christmas Songs on Paraguayan Harp.