Leonardo Altino, M.Mus.

Associate Lecturer of Music (Cello)
On Faculty since 2016



Master of Music in Cello Performance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996-1999
Major professor: Suren Bagratuni

Detmold Musik Hochschule, Germany, 1993-1995
Major professor: Marcia Carneiro

Undergraduate Diploma in Cello Performance, New England Conservatory, 1989-1993
Major professor: Lawrence Lesser

About Leonardo Altino

Born to musician parents in Pernambuco, Brazilian cellist Leonardo Altino began playing the cello at the age of six and gave his first performance at the age of eight. His national breakthrough came at fourteen when Leonardo was the youngest winner at the Jovens Concertistas Brasileiros, a prestigious competition in Rio de Janeiro. By fifteen, he had performed as a soloist with every major orchestra in Brazil and worked with renowned conductors such as Eleazar de Carvalho and Isaac Karabitchevsky. Praised by the Strad magazine for his “exceptional musical intelligence and an exceptionally cultivated sound," Leonardo was the first-prize winner at the International Cello Competition in Viña Del Mar, Chile, and he has since appeared as concerto soloist and in solo recitals in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United States. In addition, Leonardo frequently performs in chamber music recitals, collaborating with artists such as Monique Duphil, Ilya Gringolts, Oleh Krysa, Antonio Meneses and the Miró String Quartet.

During the summers Leonardo has taught in many festivals including the String Intensive Study Program at the Masterworks Festival in Indiana, Duxbury Music Festival and Lexington Music Festival in Massachusetts, Festival de Inverno Campos do Jordão in Brazil, Festival y Escuela Internacional de Musica in Colombia, and the Academia y Festival del Nuevo Mundo in Venezuela. Leonardo served as professor of cello at the University of Memphis from 2002 to 2015 and has given cello master classes in universities and festivals around the world. His recent accomplishments include a recording of complete works for cello by Marlos Nobre in a CD titled, Poema, and a series of recitals of all six Bach Suites.

Leonardo Altino studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, the Detmold Musihöchschule in Germany, and the University of Illinois, and his main teachers include Francisco Pino, Aldo Parisot, Laurence Lesser, Marcio Carneiro and Suren Bagratuni. He was a recipient of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Fellowship where he served as artist-in-residence. Leonardo presently resides in Madison, Wisconsin, with his violinist wife Soh-Hyun, and son David.

Awards and Fellowships

Cello Fellowship with the Montgomery Symphony, AL, 2000-2002
First Prize, Concours International d'Exécution Musicale, Dr. Luis Sigall, Viña del Mar, Chile, 1991
First Prize, University of Illinois Festival Competition
First Prize, University of Illinois Concerto Competition
First Prize, Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
First Prize, Harry Dubbs Memorial Award, Boston, MA
First Prize, Jovens Concertistas Brasileiros, Brazil, 1986


Marlos Nobre: Poema, Complete works for cello, Released in 2011
Kamran Ince: Quartet for piano, violin, viola, and cello, "Far Variations", Recorded in 2012
Ceruti Quartet: Debussy Quartet & Brahms Quartet No. 1, Released in 2012
Vladislav Uspensky: Musical Sketches on Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Recorded in 2012
John Baur: String Quartet No. 3, "Requiem" 70 Years of Making Music in Memphis, Released in 2003 P.Q. Phan's "Beyond the Mountains" for the CD, Banana Trumpet Games, Released in 2000

Music Festivals

Masterworks Festival, String Intensive Study Program, Winona Lake, IN, 2003-2013
Duxbury Music Festival, Duxbury, MA, 2009, 2010
Fabrica de Musica, Recife, Brazil, 20011
Septimo Festival y Escuela Internacional de Musica, Bogotá, Colombia, 2004
Festival de lnverno Campos do Jordao, SP, Brazil, 1997
New England Conservatory, Preparatory Division, 1995-1996
Lexington Music Festival, MA, 1993, 1994

Cello Master Classes

Danish National Academy of Music, Odense, Demark
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
College of Charleston, SC
Stetson University, DeLand, FL
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
Kunho Art Hall Master Class Series, Seoul, Korea
Dongduk Women's University, Seoul, Korea
Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC
Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Festival de lnverno de Campos do Jordao, Brazil
Festival Virtuosi, Recife, Brazil
Pernambuco Conservatory, Brazil
National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil
Academy y Festival Nuevo Mundo, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Ohio Music Teachers Association, Columbus, OH

Concerto Engagements


Orquesta Sinfónica Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile (multiple performances)
Odense Symphony Orchestra, Odense, Denmark (multiple performances)
Festival Virtuosi Orchestra, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay
Orquestra de Camera Festival Virtuosi Brasil, Recife, Brazil (multiple performances/years)
Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, IN
Festival Virtuosi Orchestra, Recife, Brazil (multiple years)
University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, TN
Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional, Brasilia, Brazil
Orquestra de Camera Festival Virtuosi Brasil, Recife and São Paulo, Brazil
Jackson Symphony Orchestra, TN
Carmel Symphony Orchestra, IN


Symphony ProMusica, Boston, MA
Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Jackson TN
Festival Virtuosi Orchestra, Recife, Brazil (multiple years)
Masterworks Festival Orchestra, Winona Lake, IN
Fabrica de Musica Chamber Orchestra, Recife, Brazil
Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis, TN
Orquestra da Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil
University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, Germantown, TN
Festival Virtuosi Orchestra, Recife and São Paulo, Brazil
Orquestra Sinfonica de Campinas, Campinas and Campos do Jordão, Brazil
Auburn Symphony Orchestra, AL
Orquestra Solistas de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, AL

Before 2002

University of Illinois Summer Festival Orchestra, IL
University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, IL
Wellesley Symphony Orchestra MA
Southwest Florida Symphony, FL
Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota, Bogota, Colombia
The Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, MA
New England Chamber Orchestra, MA
Boston Symphony Orchestra, MA
Boston University Symphony Orchestra, MA
Symphony ProMusica, Boston, MA
New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic, Korea and Taiwan Tour
Concord Symphony Orchestra, MA
Orquesta Promusica, Santiago, Chili
Orquestra Sinfonica Jovem do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Orquestra de Camara da UFPB, Brazil
Orquestra Pro-Arte, Brazil
Orquestra Sinfonica de Pernambuco, Brazil Orquestra Sinfonica da Paraiba, Brazil
Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
Orquestra Sinfonica de Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Orquestra de Camara do Nordeste, Pernambuco, Brazil
Orquestra de Camara Jovem de Pernambuco, Brazil
Orquestra Filarmonica Norte/Nordeste, Recife and Joao Pessoa, Brazil

Recital Engagements

International Music Festival of Cyclades, Syros Greece
Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL
16th Festival Musicale di Montecatini Terme, Italy
Union University, Jackson, TN
Festival Virtuosi, Gravata & Recife, Brazil
Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Masterworks Festival, Winona Lake, IN
SESC Vila Mariana, Sao Paulo, Brazil
lsabela Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
Bach Six-Suites Recital, Recife, Brazil
Conservatório de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
Duxbury Music Festival, MA
Memphis Chamber Music Society, TN
Mostra Internacional de Musica em Olinda, Brazil
Kunho Concert Series, Seoul, Korea
Stetson University, Deland, FL
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
University of Memphis1 TN
Westminster Academy, Memphis, TN
All Bach Lenten Recital Series, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN
The Beethoven Club, Memphis, TN
Singing Strings Recital Series, San Antonio, TX
Blount Foundation Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Festival de Violoncello Citibank, Chile
Serie Recitais H. Stern, Brazil
Boston University School of Music, MA
New England Conservatory of Music, MA
The Next Generation Recital Series, The New School, New York, NY
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, MA
International Winter Music Festival of Campos de Jordão, Brazil
Festival de Musica de Terezopolis, Brazil
Festival de Musica Contemporanea da Paraiba, Brazil
Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil
Conservatorio de Musica de Pernambuco, Brazil
Festival de Frutillar, Chile
Lexington Music Festival, MA

Chamber Music

Memphis Chamber Music Society, TN
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Festival Virtuosi, Recife, Brazil
Masterworks Festival, Winona Lake, IN
Virginia Military Institute, VA
Oberlin Conservatory, OH
Duxbury Music Festival, MA
Goethe lnstitut, New York, NY
Youngsan Arts Hall, Seoul, Korea
International Music Festival of Cyclades, Syros, Greece
Academia y Festival Nuevo Mundo, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Charleston Music Fest, Charleston, SC
Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC
Westminster Academy, Memphis, TN
Stax Music Academy, Memphis, TN
Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC
National Assembly (Congress), Seoul, Korea
Friends of Korean Culture, Buckman Performing Arts Center, Memphis, TN
ldlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN
Bechstein Hall Chamber Music Series, Little Rock, AR
Germantown Performing Arts Centre, Memphis, TN
Imagine Festival, University of Memphis, TN
Performing Arts Exchange, Cannon Center, Memphis, TN
Ford Center, Oxford, MS
University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN
Hope College, Holland, MI
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN
Harding University, AR
National Association of Composers, New York, NY
Germantown Performance Arts Center, Memphis, TN
Performance tour in Bogota, Cartagena, Bucaramanga and Medellin, Colombia

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