Tom Alonso's musical journey began before the age of one as a frequent backstage visitor to the Baltimore Opera, where his parents met and performed. Tom grew up listening to everything from the Beatles to Grand Opera, but it was in the all-American sounds of Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin that he found his greatest inspiration.

By his high school years Tom had mastered a handful of instruments, including the then up-and-coming Moog synthesizer. After a four-year stint with MTV pioneers Bootcamp in the early '80s, Tom began pursuing his dream of becoming a full-time composer. Success came almost immediately, with Tom composing scores for several PBS, Discovery and HBO documentaries, the feature films "Tusks" and "Swarm of the Snakehead" and dozens of TV and radio commercials -- for which he was named to AdWeek magazine's prestigious All-Star team. His first solo album, Indian Summer, was released in 1992 to critical acclaim. Soon after, Tom was able to explore his life-long passion for musical theater through two Kennedy Center commissioned scores, "Footsteps in the Sky" and "Escape from Nemotex", and an original adaptation of Phantom of the Opera which resulted in a highly praised original cast CD. Recent projects include score and sound design for seven new games from Amtote International, his latest CD "The Long Way Home" and the score for the new musical "The Legend of Saint Julien" with his Kennedy Center collaborator, Paul Lavrakas.

Tom is married to actress/singer/Ph.D. Diane Lindwarm Alonso and has two very musical daughters, Johanna, 15, and Lisa, 19.
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