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 at 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. 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 serves on the faculty at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and resides in Madison, Wisconsin, with his violinist wife Soh-Hyun, and son David.