This organization was founded in memory of Alfonso Cavaliere, an accomplished musical director and violinist from the Philadelphia area.

From a very early age Alfonso’s music abilities were apparent. As a tiny child, he’d use a pencil to “conduct” music he heard from the radio. At 4, his father bought him a violin and his formal training began at 5.

His professional debut came at age 17 and by 25 he began his career as a musical conductor, with the Philadelphia Civic Ballet. Discovered by Leonard Bernstein in 1961, Alfonso began conducting Broadway musicals both in New York and around the country. Over the years, he worked with Pearl Baily in Hello Dolly, with Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, and with Anthony Quinn in Zorba.

Alfonso loved sports (especially baseball) and photography. He found time to read, with a particular interest in the Renaissance and religion.

We now honor him by continuing his musical legacy by holding concerts and raising money to give out our annual award in his memory.