Cristiano Alves began his musical studies at the age of seven and when he was ten, he had his first contact with the clarinet, at the Salesiano Symphonic Band, under the guidance of Maestro Affonso Reis. Born in Niteroi, he studied with José Carlos de Castro and received guidance from many of great Brazilian clarinetists as well as numerous international and renowned professors. He holds several awards in national competitions and graduated with “summa cum laude” at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where he also completed his Master degree. He is now attending to his doctorate in music at Campinas State University (Unicamp). He participated in more than one hundred recordings, including performances with great artists of Brazilian popular music as well as chamber and symphonic music. He frequently plays abroad, and is often invited to perform recitals, concerts and masterclasses in several countries as USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. In 2005, he released his first CD, which figured as a finalist for Tim Award and was considered one of the three best releases of classical music in Brazil. He was first clarinet soloist in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra during more than 15 years and now plays at Petrobras Symphonic Orchestra. He is the professor of clarinet at UFRJ, and his students earned countless major competitions and occupy prominent positions in orchestras and universities. The referred clarinet course was indicated to the Banco Real Award as one of the top three university courses, among all areas and institutions of Brazil in 2004. He teaches at various music festivals, such as those held in Campos do Jordão (SP), Jaraguá do Sul (SC), Buenos Aires, Tucuman and Mendoza (Argentina), Manizales (Colombia), Curitiba (PR), Brasília (DF), Ouro Branco (MG) Tatuí (SP), Recife and Olinda (PE), Domingos Martins (ES), Campos (RJ), apart from giving regularly workshops in several other cities in Brazil and South America. Cristiano Alves is a “Rossi Clarinet”, “Bay Mouthpieces” and “Rico Reeds” artist.