V I O L I N I S T
Violinist, Kachiro Figueroa, was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, the 15th of February, 1910. He started his musical career with great success when he was six years old. Before he reached his eleventh birthday, he had already appeared in public as soloist and with orchestra, playing the Mendelssohn, Wieniawski ad Mozart Concertos.
He enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain, when he was still in his early adolescence, and there, he won the First Prize in Violin, the Chamber Music Prize and the famous Sarasate prize. His success in this contest was so unusual that Mr. Arbós, the Director of the Royal Conservatory and who was member of the jury in this occasion, invited Kachiro to play as soloist with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra. Under Mr. Arbós direction, Kachiro performed the Glazounoff Concerto with the accomplishments of a mature artist, winning the admiration of the music critics. A tour of Spain, Portugal and Northern Africa followed. He then went to the "Ecole Normale de Musique" in Paris, to study under the direction of Jacques Thibaud and Marcel Chailley. There he obtained the "License de Concert" and became a member of the orchestra conducted by Alfred Cortot and cncertmaster of the Siohan Orchestra playing under the direction of such great musicians such as Honneger, Strawinski and nadia Boulanger.
In 1935, at the Henri Wieniawski Violin Competition in Warsaw, Poland, he won seventh place among the great number of volinists from all over the world. He was appointed violin teacher at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid. When the second World War broke out, he returned to Puerto Rico where he appeared in many concerts as a member of the Figueroa Quintet, the Festival Casals Orchestra and the Puerto Rico Symphony. He was a teacher at the Conservatory of Music in San Juan and assistant concermaster of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.