The 2&1 Trio

The 2&1 Trio was formed in 2017 when the three Brazilian friends decided to focus on the chamber music repertoire, both original and transcriptions, and take the group to a higher level. Since then, have been performing in Southern California in venues such as in Munson Chapel, the Encinitas Library and Stan’s Music Parlor. They have been under the orientation of Dr. Andrew Park.

Ednaldo Alves, clarinet

Ednaldo Alves was born in Condado, a small Brazilian city in the country side of Pernambuco State. When Mr. Ednaldo Alves was nine years old, he began his first steps on the way to being an artist. This occurred in a Marching Band of his city called June 28th Philharmonic, where he played the Eb Clarinet and the Bb Clarinet a few months later. Mr. Ednaldo Alves joined the Federal University of Paraíba in 2011 and earned a Music educator/Performance degree. At that time, he was accepted into the Youth Orchestra of Paraíba State and played from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Ednaldo Alves was Principal Clarinet of a few Major Orchestras and Band in Brazil: Federal Symphony Orchestra of Paraíba, Youth Orchestra Concertante, Marching Band of Paraíba and June 28th Philharmonic.

At the age of 16 he was invited to join a Popular Orchestra to represent Pernambuco State, an important festival in the southeast side of Brazil in the famous city of Rio de Janeiro, sponsored by the theater Caixa Cultural with Geraldo Azevedo as the vocalist. Geraldo Azevedo is one of the most important popular singers in Brazil.

Mr. Ednaldo Alves won the Concerto Competition of the Youth Orchestra of Paraíba in 2014, won the Concerto Competition at Azusa Pacific University in 2016, First Prize at the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Competition, Second Prize at Baccarelli Institution/APU Concerto Competition 2016 edition, First Prize in the International Great Composers Competition Sonata category and Second Prize in the Concerto category. As soloist he played with Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Paraíba, March Band of Paraíba and June 28Philharmonic.


Mr. Ednaldo Alves studied principally with professor Erilson Oliveira, Carlos Rieiro and Arimatéia Veríssimo. He also had master classes with Yehuda Gilad (USA), Baldeyrou Nicolas (France), Luiz Rossi (Chile), José Taborda (Colombia), Antonio Saiote (Portugal), Cristiano Alves (Brazil), Ovanir Buosi (OSESP-Brazil), Sérgio Burgani (OSESP-Brazil), and José Freitas (Brazil). In January 2015 He was invited by Dr. D. Ray McClellan to participate in an Exchange Program in The University of Georgia in which he had lessons under the professor.

Currently Ednaldo Alves studies under Michele Zukovsky and is principal chair of the APU symphony orchestra, APU wind ensemble. He is also a Devon & Burgani artist.

Thaissa Santiago, piano

Born in Brazil, Thaissa Santiago began playing the piano at age seven and since then, she has been participating in orchestras, music festivals and playing as a chamber musician and accompanist.

She attended masterclasses with Dora Castro, Miguel Proença, Paulo Steinberg, Sérgio Monteiro, Marco Antônio de Almeida, David Wintten, Yara Bernete, Geir Braaten, Ricardo Ballestero and Jean Louis Steurman.

With youth orchestras she has performed in Argentina, the United States and some Brazilian cities and, for ten years, she was a member of the Municipal Chamber Orchestra of João Pessoa.

From 2008 to 2010, she worked as a substitute piano teacher at the Federal University of Paraíba and in 2009 she was approved as a piano teacher at the Music Conservatory of Pernambuco and that performance earned her an invitation to play at the Schumann-Chopin Festival in the same city, in 2010. At this opportunity, she won a commemorative medal for the bicentenary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin, issued by the Consulate of Poland in Pernambuco.

Thaissa holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from Federal University of Paraíba under the orientation of Dr. José Henrique Martins. She recently finished her Artist Certificate also in piano performance at Azusa Pacific University under the guidance of Dr. Joel Clifft. She currently plays for the Covenant Choir at Grace Church of Glendora and is teaches at the Azusa Conservatory of Music.

Jefferson Martins, cello

Born in Brazil, Jefferson began his studies in the Sao Paulo Municipal Music School under the guidance of world-recoganized cellists , such as Raiff Dantas, Kirill Bogatyrev, Fabio Presgrave and Joel de Souza.

In 2004 he joined the Sao Paulo Youth Orchestra and the Sao Paulo University Chamber Orchestra in 2008 as principal, where he had the opportunity to play with respected musicians and conductors, including Aylton Escobar, Kirk Trevor, Leo Brouwer, duo Assad, Tim Fain, Toninho Ferragutti, Hamilton de Holanda and Diego Schissi. Jefferson was also principal cellist at the Guarulhos Youth Orchestra from 2011 to 2013.

He was the winner of the Youth Soloist Competition in 2013. In 2015 he won the revelation award prize awarded by the Arianna String Quartet.

He attended  masterclass with Richard Marckson (USA), Antonio Del Claro (Brazil), Doron Toister (Israel), Martin Zeller (Holland), Antonio Menezes (Brazil), Adrian Fung (Juilliard school), Leonhard Bartussek (Orchestra Arte Del Mundo), Niko Trieb (Orchester der Klangverwaltung), Kurt Baldwin (Arianna string quartet), Lynn Harrell (USA – Montecito Music Festival).

As an educator, Jefferson was the cello instructor of the PRIMA project, founded by Alex Klein, principal oboe of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is currently in the Artist Certificate program at Azusa Pacific University in the studio of Dr. Marek Szpakiewicz.


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