Woodside, New York
In 1988, Mr. Jose I. Alvarez, also known as "Toti", arrived in New York City to accompany his young talented pupil from Manila, Philippines who was accepted at the Manhattan School of Music. He then started giving private lessons and not much later was presenting them in annual recitals at the Steinway Hall, the Columbia Artists' Hall (CAMI), the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Consulate at Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the Beethoven Pianos, the Flushing Public Library and lately at the Beckstein Piano Centre at 58th Street, in Manhattan. He has taught students who were later accepted at various prestigious schools like the Manhattan School of Music, Eastman University, New York University, Hunters College, the Adelphi University and the Hofstra University. Many of his students come from the New York City area and even as far as New Jersey. Some of his pupils have joined and won New York City auditions and competitions to earn them to participate in master classes, as well as performed in concerts held at Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall.
His method is founded on strong development of pianistic technique and building a well-balanced program covering the wide range of styles from baroque to contemporary period.