B i o g r a p h y
Brazilian-born pianist and resident in Spain since 1996, Alexandre Alcantara began his musical studies in his hometown, graduating at UFPel. He studied with Dirce Knijnik in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and also attended masterclasses with Miguel Proença (Brazil) and Olinda Alessandrini (Brazil). He is a prizewinner in several piano competitions in his country: First Prize in the First Villa-Lobos Piano Competition, Second Prize in the Third Sebastian Benda Piano Competition, Honorable Mention in the First Enilda Maurell Feistauer Piano Competition. In 1995 he was admitted at the Mannes College of Music in New York, where he studied composition with David Loeb. Being granted a scholarship to attend the spanish summer course Music in Compostela, he then took up residency in Madrid and resumed his piano studies with Pedro Espinosa (Spain), refining it afterwards with Ofelia Montalván (Cuba-Russia). Besides, he also took courses with Miguel Zanetti (Spain) and Charles Rosen (USA).
He has performed in some of the most important concert houses in Spain: Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, Ateneo de Madrid, Sala de los Espejos del Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona, Teatro Auditorio de Cuenca, Teatro Monumental de Madrid, Fundación Carlos de Amberes, Sala Galileo Galilei, Centro Cultural Conde Duque de Madrid, Auditorio de Alcalá de Henares y Palacio de la Audiencia de Soria, among others. He has participated in music festivals in Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Italy and Japan, in addition to recording for the Spanish Radio and Television.
He has been, since 2011, pianist of the Millennium Vocal Group, and has toured annually with this choir to South Korea under the direction of conductor Jaesik-Lim, making several recordings for the korean radio and television. Among these, it stands out the concert performed at the Korean National Auditorium in Seoul, with the Korean National Orchestra, which was part of the World Festival of National Theaters 2011.
Alexandre Alcantara has a Ph.D. from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, investigating about the relationship between the early piano works of Robert Schumann and the writer Jean Paul Richter.