Faculty Profiles

Conservatory Music lecturer cello performance

Leonardo Altino, M.Mus.

Associate Lecturer of Music (Cello)

On Faculty since 2016

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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 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. 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.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Music, Cello Performance, 1999

Detmold Musik Hochschule
Special Studies, Cello Performance, 1995

New England Conservatory
Undergraduate Diploma, Cello Performance, 1993


  • Cello
  • Music

Philharmonic of Minas Gerais welcomes cellist Leonardo Altino
UAI online
"One of the most talented young Brazilian cellists, Leonardo Altino opens the Presto and Veloce series of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic on March 9 and 10 at 8:30 pm in the Sala Minas Gerais , performing the Concerto for cello in D minor, by Lalo . Conducted by conductor Marcos Arakaki , the Orchestra also plays Rienzi: Opening , by Wagner , and Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61, by Schumann. Tickets between R $ 40 (whole) and R $ 105 (whole)..."
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  • 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
  • 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


  • 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

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 Memphis, 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