Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vicente Alexim is a clarinetist, dedicated performer of both traditional and contemporary music, and a composer, exploring a wide range of instrumental possibilities.
Noted by The New York Times for his "elegant" playing, Vicente is a member of Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble of 21 musicians performing the most exciting music of our time. He has been featured as soloist in John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons at Carnegie Hall and in his own Chamber Concerto with Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira Jovem.
The 2011 winner of Festival Tinta Fresca, Vicente has received commissions by the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Contemporaneous. His compositions have been featured in numerous music festivals, including Atlantic Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the XVIII Bienal de Música Brasileira Contemporânea and the XXIV Panorama da Música Brasileira Atual.
Vicente is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying with Jason Eckardt. He also holds degrees in clarinet performance from Manhattan School of Music (MM) and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (BM). His principal instructors have included Alan Kay, Cristiano Alves, Marcos Lucas and Caio Senna.