Alfonso is a founding member of the Gulf Coast Symphony. Born in Port Washington, NY and raised in Cape Coral he studied privately with local music legend Betty Haines throughout high school and majored in Mathematics at USF in Tampa. Alfonso was appointed principal violist of the USF Symphony and later the Charlotte Symphony and has also played with numerous other groups from Orlando to Naples. He also participates in numerous chamber music groups throughout Southwest Florida. He is an aficionado of 20th and 21st century music especially American and Soviet classical music and American and British musical theatre, attending numerous concerts and shows throughout Florida every season. Alfonso and his brother Joseph own Maria’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Cape Coral, a family restaurant established in 1991 by their late father Giovanni, an Italian immigrant from Naples.