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Esteban Alvárez was born in Costa Rica in 1981. After high school, he studied physics at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. In college, he decided to follow his lifelong love of music, and earned a full scholarship to study piano performance at Baylor University’s outstanding School of Music in Waco, Texas, USA. While completing his bachelor’s degree, Alvárez was appointed as an ambassador for Baylor for the performance tours that the Baylor Symphony and Baylor Jazz ensemble made to Costa Rica. In 2001, he was the music director for the Association de Folklor de Escazu’s European tour in Belgium, England and the Netherlands. In 2005, he was awarded a full scholarship to participate as a representative of Baylor at the International Mission on Music, a prestigious festival in Austria, Hungary, and the Czechoslovakia Republic, organized by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in Washington, DC. In 2006, following graduation from Baylor, Alvárez was awarded a full scholarship to study jazz in the master of arts program at the celebrated University of North Texas’ School of Music in Denton, Texas, USA. That same summer, he travelled with a small combo from the University of North Texas to help inaugurate the first International Jazz Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica. Also in 2007 he worked with the government of Costa Rica on its Plan National de Prevention de la Violencia y Promotion de la Paz Social (National Plan to Prevent Violence and Promote Peace). Alvárez wrote the theme song for this nationwide initiative, and received special commendation from Costa Rica’s president, vice president and minister of justice.