Prado (Quesada), Alcides
- Jorge Luis Acevedo Vargas
(b Alajuela, Nov 5, 1900; d San José, Oct 9, 1984). Costa Rican composer, conductor, organist and violinist. He received his first musical tuition from his father, Pedro J. Prado Gómez. Later he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Escuela de Música S Cecilia, San José, where he studied the violin with Alfredo Morales and composition with Fonseca. At the age of 19 he started playing violin with the Braccale Italian Opera Company, with whom he toured South and Central America and the Caribbean for several years and worked as choral director, deputy director and rehearsal pianist. After 1924 he worked as a violinist and pianist in Panama, where he founded and directed his own jazz orchestra, thus becoming the first Costa Rican to perform this genre. During this period in Panama he began to employ popular genres in his compositions, as in his famous and widely disseminated ...