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Melissa Aldana

tenor saxophone

Still in her 20s, Chilean saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana has had a remarkably rapid evolution from six-year-old sax prodigy to “bold new talent” (NPR) and is now widely considered one of the most compelling tenor saxophonists on the scene. As a child, Aldana studied with her renowned saxophonist father Marcos Aldana. In 2007, she moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee, coming under the mentorship of George Garzone. In 2013, she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the Thelonious Monk Competition. She is also a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s prestigious national arts prize. Melissa has released four recordings as a leader. Recently, she premiered the commissioned suite, Visions for Frida Kahlo, before touring Brazil, Europe, and Australia with her quartet. In September she recorded her fifth album, which will be released in spring 2019.