Between composing original music, educating the next generation, recording albums, and performing for sold out venues, Altin Sencalar remains in high demand.
Altin Sencalar, a Texas native, began his musical education at the age of nine. He debuted as a performing trombonist at age 15 and continues to strive to pay homage to the music of Jazz. Altin originally began his studies on cello and quickly switched to the euphonium in middle school. After being in band for a year he heard of jazz auditions and immediately learned how to play the trombone in order to audition. Throughout his grade school years Altin was fortunate enough to be accepted into the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute for their Tuba/Euphonium summer workshop, become a member of the world class Crossmen Drum Corps, and attend the Essentially Ellington finals competition in New York City. After attending the Essentially Ellington finals he decided to pursue jazz as a career sparking his continued interest in artistic expression and honoring tradition.
Altin attended Texas State University where he studied with one of his first mentors, Freddie Mendoza. While attending Texas State University he was able to gain entrance in the thriving Austin music scene and began to emerge as a new talent. After attending Texas State University for two years, Altin then moved to Austin, TX where he attended the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied under the tutelage of Andre Hayward. While considered a top call trombonists Altin was able to perform at some of the most renowned stages that Austin has to offer like ACL Live (Austin City Limits), South by South West (SXSW), Austin City Limits Festival, the Elephant Room, the Continental Club, One World Theatre, Antones, and numerous other venues. While in Austin, Altin also became a fixture to the scene being named a “2017 top 10 Austin Music Awards horn player,” recording his debut album “Introducing Altin Sencalar”, and being recognized for his ambition by Austin fixtures like Michael Mordecai, Andre Hayward, Adrian Ruiz, and many others. After graduating from the Butler School of Music he was given the opportunity to travel with the UT Jazz Orchestra as a soloist to the Montreaux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz festival, and Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, France. After graduation Altin, gained admittance to Michigan State University as the Graduate Assistant to Michael Dease and Rodney Whitaker in pursuit of his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies. While at Michigan State University he was able to perform and tour with the MSU Jazz Orchestra 1 across the state of Michigan giving educational masterclasses and instruction to high school students. Along with educational outreaches Altin found himself on stage with Michael Phillip Mossman, Harvey Mason, Steve Wilson, Ron Carter, Carl Allen, Melissa Aldana, Mark Whitfield, and Steve Davis while with MSU Jazz Orchestra 1. While at Michigan State University Altin co-founded “The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet” who has been the recipients of the East Lansing Cultural Arts FY19 Grant and the MSU Running Start grant. This grant gave the quintet the opportunity to tour all East Lansing elementary schools and use their knowledge of jazz to educate the younger generation in hopes for the students to have an artistic and creative outlet for students who may not be exposed to jazz music.
While pursuing higher education Altin also gained international and national recognition being granted honors and prizes for the American Trombone Workshop jazz solo divisions, International Trombone Association’s jazz solo Carl Fontana competition and J.J. Johnson competition, the Kai Winding trombone ensemble competition, Texas State Trombone Symposium Michael Rath jazz solo competition, Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Downbeat Student Music Awards, and International Tuba-Euphonium Association Rich Matteson Jazz Euphonium competition.
Altin has performed, toured, and/or recorded with DeeDee Bridgewater, Rodney Whitaker, Xaiver Davis, Teri Lynn Carrington, Christian McBride, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Savion Glover, Ali Jackson, Steve Wilson, Rene Marie, Joe Jonas, Michael Dease, Steve Davis, Randy Napoleon, Andre Hayward, Diego Rivera, Etienne Charles, MSU Professors of Jazz, Brandee Younger, the Gathering Orchestra, Walter White, and numerous other regional artists.
Altin holds a Bachelors in Music Performance (Jazz Studies) from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Music Performance in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University. Altin is an artist for Earasers Earplugs and a 2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artist.