Mariama Alcântara has earned recognition for her artistry as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Her debut album Brazilian Landscapes: Music for Solo Violin from Brazil, released by the Italian-Japanese label Da Vinci Classics, has been described as “an unmissable album,” as well as “impactful” and “courageous”. Gramophone Magazine UK stated “Brazilian-born Alcântara copes well with the considerable demands that this music makes on her, the proof being that you are hardly ever aware of any technical hurdles, just the nourishing fruits of Alcântara’s labours”. The album features Flausino Vale’s 26 Preludes for solo violin and a Partita that she commissioned from Andre Mehmari.
Mariama grew up in a musical family, making her solo debut at the age of 12 with the Paraiba Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, and presently performs as section violin of the Iris Chamber Orchestra. She has given recitals and solo performances in Brazil, Austria, France and the United States. Most recent performances include recitals with the Western Slope Concert Series and her CD Release Recital through the Colorado Music Festival.
In addition to her extensive solo and orchestral career, Mariama is an avid chamber musician, having collaborated with the Aizuri Quartet, Dali Quartet and guest artist with Allenspark Chamber Music Festival. Holding an interest for all aspects of the arts industry, she has worked as Personnel Manager and Librarian for Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra.
Passionate about improving equality and diversity in classical music, she worked as a researcher with the Boulanger Initiative, an advocate of women composers based in Washington D.C. The Initiative promotes music composed by women through performance, education, commissions, and consultations.
Mariama’s background and diverse musical projects shape her passion for discovering, performing and teaching a broad range of music to students of different ages and abilities. She has been a faculty member of El Sistema Colorado and the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, and now serves on the faculty of Austin Chamber Music Center Summer Workshop.
A graduate of the University of Memphis, she studied with Dr. Soh-Hyun Altino, and earned her master’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University as a student and teaching assistant of Professor James Lyon. A 2019 recipient of the prestigious Starling Foundation Fellowship, Mariama earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder as a student and teaching assistant of Professor Harumi Rhodes and Ed Dusinberre of the Takács Quartet.