Vanderlei Santos was appointed Associate Principal Clarinet of the Goiânia Symphony Orchestra in 2015 at the age of 19. He previously served as Principal Clarinet of Goiás Chamber Orchestra, Principal clarinet of the UFG Contemporary Music Ensemble and Principal Clarinet of Goias State Wind Ensemble. Mr. Alves, is a founding member of the Goyania Woodwind Quintet.
As an active chamber musician, Vanderlei has performed in several editions of the most prestigious music festival in Latin America - Campos do Jordao Winter Festival and others such as Brasília International music festival, Belskis Mendoça International music festival and Trancoso Music festival where he appared as a soloist of the 2018 and 2019 editions playing with string members of the Berlin Philarmonic and Munich Philarmonic.
As an educator Vanderlei in 2019 was appointed assistant professor at Federal Institute of Arts, Science and Technology of Goiás, where he taught the clarinet, chamber music and history of music for higher education. He is the author of the book "Memory, Motivation and Deliberate Practice" published by Appris publisher, one of the largest publishers in Brazil that has the highest concept for research at CAPES/Fulbright. He is currently studying the Orchestral repertoire with the legendary clarinetist Michele Zukovisky former principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
"Music is not an inspiration, but a lifestyle."
Vanderlei Alves has experience in the area of Arts, with an emphasis on performance in chamber music and symphony orchestra. He was professor at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Goiás (IFG) during the period 2019 to 2021. At IFG he developed activities as a clarinet and chamber music professor and music history in higher education at DAAI (Department of Academic Areas I).
Mr. Alves develops works in the performance area of his instrument. He recently published a book entitled "Memory, Motivation and Deliberate Practice in Preparing a Musical Performance". Where the focus of the book is the study optimization to obtain an elite performance in the arts, sports and in the whole area of life. Mr. Alves has already given masterclasses in several regions of Brazil.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in clarinet performance from Federal University of Goias under Dr. Johnson Machado. He has a postgraduate degree in higher education teaching from FABEC (Brazilian Faculty of Education and Culture). As an educator, he was a clarinet and chamber For two years (2014-2015) he was Clarinet Professor at the Goiás State Department of Education, Culture and Sport.
"Vanderlei Santos is a phenomenal clarinetist. He has been given the gift of a gorgeous tone, great technique and the ability to inspire and uplift his audience. I see a wonderful future for this young man."
"You sound is absolutely gorgeous. It was a great pleasure work with you.. you’re very professional"
"Vanderlei is among the most talented in this new generation of the clarinet player in the whole world, as well as being a very kind person."
"I am very impressed with your Brahms! Your sound is very beautiful and your phrasing is extremely musical!""
"Vanderlei is the real thing in living color. I find myself astounded by his signature style of Clarinet performance that exudes unspeakable passion each, and every single time. His tone is fluid as silk in the wind, and his articulation is consistent & clear as the Bells of Notre Dame. Vanderlei, is a tour de force personified."
"He is an incredible colleague playing in a orchestra and musician capable of facing great orchestral challenges. Besides shows a strong performance condition as soloist. A really sensible artist."
"Vanderlei is a marvelous musician and a pleasure to work with. He explores the universe of colors making his tone of the clarinet unique."
"Great artistic and human personality. Generous, enthusiastic and talented. Vanderlei shows through his musical interpretations of an extreme sensitivity which reveals all the facets of his personality. He offers us an instrumental playing with rich colors, revealing contrasts and endlessly explored atmospheres, a real invitation to travel and to the imagination."