Narciso Figueroa, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, began his violin studies with his father Kachiro Figueroa and later with his uncle, José Figueroa at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico. He is a member of Puerto Rico’s most distinguished family of classical musicians. In 1975, he studied at the University of Michigan with violinist Angel Reyes and later with Dorothy Delay at The Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
In 1988, he was soloist in the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Puerto Rico Symphony under the baton of Jean Fournet. Other noted appearences as an orchestral soloist have included the world premiere of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra be Salvadoran composer Germán Cáceres, a work dedicated to Mr. Figueroa, with the National Symphony Orchestras of Mexico and El Salvador in 1990. Mr. Figueroa has also concertized extensively with The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Philarmonia Virtuosi and the Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra throughout the United States, Europe, Central America, South America and Canada.
Mr. Figueroa joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1990. He also is a frequent chamber music player appearing with the Música de Cámara at Merkin Hall, North/South Consonance Ensemble, and the Bronx Arts Ensemble as soloist at Town Hall. He has also played with the Figueroa Quintet at Carmegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington,D.C., where he premiered Mr. Caceres’s Violin and Piano Sonata at the OAS. From 1975 to 1980 Mr. Figueroa was a member of the Casals Festival Orchestra. His participation in the Segovia International Music Festival in Spain during the summer of 1992 included chamber concerts and master classes.
Since 1993, Mr. Figueroa has served as concertmaster and soloist for the Tournon Festival Orchestra in the South of France. In 1994 he toured with the orchestra as soloist performing the Brahms Violin Concerto conducted by Jan Dobrzelewski. In December, 1995 he gave the European premiere of the concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Benjamin Gutierrez during a tour of Switzerland.
Mr. Figueroa gave an acclaimed recital at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, in June 1999. During the 2000-2001 season, Mr. Figueroa was heard in Europe in solo recitals and as soloist with orchestra.