Luis Alberti stands out as one of the greatest Merengue musicians throughout the history of the genre.
Born Luis Felipe Alberti Mieses on April 19, 1906 in the province of La Vega in the Dominican Republic, he was interested in music from a very early age and came from a musical family. His great-grandfather, Juan Bautista Alfonseca, was the composer of the Dominican Republic's first national anthem, and his mother, María Mieses, was a piano teacher. Alberti learned the cymbals at age 7, which he played with his hometown’s municipal band. His family then relocated to the city of Santa Cruz de Mao, where he was given professional violin training and began his career as a musician. It was here that he met his wife, Gilma Tio.
Shortly after he got married, Alberti attended classes to perfect his violin playing in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros. He later performed in theaters for silent films, and, in 1932, he performed with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Santo Domingo.
Alberti became the leader of a distinguished Merengue jazz band in 1936, which performed Merengue típico — the oldest style still played today — using traditional instruments for this type of music, such as the güira and tambora. Alberti improved the urban appearance of Merengue music and brought it to stately ballrooms.
He wrote several popular songs throughout his career. His tune "Compadre Pedro Juan" became popular internationally and has been recorded by many renowned artists from the Caribbean and the Americas, such as Xavier Cugat and Perez Prado. Alberti also composed a popular series of children's songs known as "Método de tambora y güira"
Alberti died January 26, 1976 at age 69. To this day, he is remembered as one of the very best and most influential Merengue musicians.