A consummate violist, Rafaell Altino is equally at home performing solo recitals, chamber concerts, as a soloist or in an orchestra. Presently, he is in his 21st season as principal viola with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark. Rafaell Altino began his musical studies in his home country of Brazil with his father at the age of nine. At seventeen he moved to the USA where he continued his musical education. Rafaell Altino has toured most of the world. His chamber music collaborations include such artists as Nikolaj Znaider, Benjamin Schmid, Ilya Gringolts, Roland Pöntinen, Marianna Shirinyan as well as the Henschel and Miró string quartets. Rafaell Altino has been a member of the Arild String Quartet, with whom he has recorded works of C.P.E. Horneman and Asger Hamerik for Dacapo. As a soloist, Rafaell Altino has performed with conductors such as Alexander Vedernikov, Michael Schønwandt, Thomas Søndergård, Matthias Bamert and Vladimir Jurowski in works by Bartók, Walton, Hindemith, Paganini, and Berlioz. Also, a strong advocate of new music, Rafaell Altino has commissioned a number of new works for the viola, including solo works by Brazilian composers as Danilo Guanais, and Marcilio Onofre. He plays on a French viola from the late 1700s and uses a James Tubbs bow, both items generously on loan from the Instrument Fund of Odense Symphony Orchestra.