Aline de Alcântara

Second / Associate Principal Trombonist, South Denmark Philharmonic

Aline de Alcântara is currently the Second/Assistant Principal Trombonist of the South Denmark Philharmonic, a position she began in the Summer of 2019. Born in Pirassununga, Brazil, Aline started studying trombone at the age of 15 with her father Francisco de Alcântara and then continued at the São Carlos College Marching Band in the countryside of São Paulo State with the conductor Edison Penteado and later with Fernando Hehl. She received her bachelor of music degree from The University of São Paulo in 2010, studying with Professor Donizeti Fonseca.

For five years, Aline was principal trombonist at the Baccarelli Institute Heliopolis Orchestra where she worked with such renowned conductors as Roberto Tibiriçá, Isaac Karabtchevsky, and Zubin Mehta.

She has performed in several musicals in São Paulo, such as Evita, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. In 2010, she won an audition for substitute/extra musician at the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP). In 2014, she finished her master’s degree in the field of Interpretation in Trombone at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU) in Switzerland, studying with Jacques Mauger.

Aline has already been a member of several Swiss orchestras, such as the Fribourg Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Avenches Opera Festival, Gartenoper Langenthal, Sommeroper Selzach, Bienne Symphony Orchestra, and Bern Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, she has performed with the Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra, Heliopolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Collegium Musicum auf Schloss Weissenstein in Pommersfelden, Germany. As a chamber musician, she was a member of the Opus 5 Brass Quintet, Trio Divines, and Low Brass Project Brazil.

Photo by Brenda Barretto

“After losing so many auditions due to details that were not only solved with my performance technique, I started to search for a new instrument that could give me more security. So, I found in the T 396-A what I needed to get more precision and a more consistent sound, because this instrument sounds exactly the same in all registers. It’s amazing how the quality of the instrument can contribute to our performance. After purchasing this instrument, I was a finalist in two auditions and won the audition for the second/associate principal trombonist of the South Denmark Philharmonic.”

Aline de Alcântara