Sergio “Checo” Alonso is quickly becoming one of the most recognized Mexican folk harpists in the United States as a member of the world-renowned, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. During his eight-year professional career, he has performed in the most prestigious performing arts venues in the United States and Mexico, including The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington D.C.) and Teatro Degollado (Guadalajara, Jal.), and has performed for and with numerous Latin music recording artists, such as Linda Ronstadt, Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Marco Antonio Muniz, Juan Gabriel, Vikki Carr, Jose Feliciano, Aida Cuevas, Juan Luis Guerra, Guadalupe Pineda, Pepe Aguilar, Paquito de Rivera, Angeles Ochoa, Pedro Fernandez, Lucero, Pablo Montero, and Jose “El Puma” Rodriguez.
In addition to his mariachi experience, Checo has worked on several Hollywood motion pictures, including “Price of Glory,” starring Jimmy Smits, “Man on Fire,” starring Denzel Washington, and “Walkout,” directed by Edward James Olmos, and was a guest artist on “Corazones y Sombras,” the newest release of the classic rock group, Little Feat. He also had the honor of accompanying Caetano Veloso and Lila Downs at the 75th annual Academy Awards, performing the music of “Frida” the motion picture.
Most recently, Checo’s achievements as a music scholar, educator, and performer have been recognized in the 2003 edition of “The National Dean’s List” and the 2005 edition of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” He is also a featured harpist on the 2005 Grammy Award-winning album, “cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins.”
Checo received his Bachelors degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture and Masters degree in Education. Currently, he teaches multicultural music at San Fernando High School and also serves as a Cultural Arts Commissioner for the City of San Fernando.