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.
Altin 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, The Velvalletes, Ne-Yo, Big Sean, Martha Reeves, Savion Glover, Ali Jackson, Steve Wilson, Rene Marie, Joe Jonas, Michael Dease, Steve Davis, Randy Napoleon, Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Andre Hayward, Diego Rivera, Etienne Charles, MSU Professors of Jazz, Brandee Younger, the Gathering Orchestra, Walter White, among others.
Altin holds a Bachelor’s degree in music performance (Jazz Studies) from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Music performance degree in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University. Altin is an artist for Earasers Earplugs and a 2017 Yamaha Young Performing Artist. Altin is currently on the music faculty at Central Texas College as Adjunct Professor of Music.