About the Altino Brothers
THE ALTINO BROTHERS
Nerva and Robenson Altino have an incredible talent, dazzling technique, a unique sound, and a compelling life story. Their father, Jean, seeking a better life for his family, left Haiti by boat for the United States. He eventually brought his wife and their two sons, Nerva and Robenson.
Their passion for music was fostered both inside and outside of their home. Jean, himself an amateur pianist, purchased a piano and began teaching his sons his beloved art. Each morning, he played the great masters of classical music, including Mozart. The music scene in New York provided exposure to a variety of genres including jazz and R&B. And, while attending church, Nerva and Robenson were inspired by hymns and spirituals. Their attainment of Masters Degrees in Piano Performance from The Manhattan School of Music is the culmination of discipline and dedication from a young age that developed into an innovative style and virtuosic technique at the piano.
Their dynamic concerts have earned them rave reviews for their interpretations of the classical masters such as Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff and for their own creative and innovative renditions of well-known traditional favorites. Their multi-genre repertoire combines jazz idioms, classical motifs, with gospel and Caribbean rhythms, which make their performance memorable, inspirational, and very entertaining.
The Altino Brothers have appeared on TV on NBC's Today Show, Positively Black and have performed in concert halls and churches throughout the US including Lincoln Center, Yale University's Woolsey Hall, Mechanics Hall, The Library of Congress, and many others.
Nerva is also a gifted composer and arranger. In 2008, he wrote an original cantata, "The Second Coming of Christ," which debuted to a capacity crowd at The Riverside Church in NYC and received enthusiastic reviews.
Nerva and Robenson formed the Altino Brothers Concert Chorale, a 100-voice choir that often renders the original arrangements written by Nerva himself.