Violinist Sara Melissa Aldana is a native of Bogota, Colombia. She has performed as soloist
with the Youth Orchestra of the National University of Colombia, Bogota Youth Chamber
Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.
Aldana spent four years as concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra of the National University of
Colombia and she toured Spain with the National University of Colombia Orchestra. Aldana has
been a member of the Bogota Foundation Symphony Orchestra, the Bogota Youth Chamber
Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Clara Schumann Women’s Orchestra.
Sara Aldana won full scholarships to attend a number of music festivals including the
Kent/Blossom Music Festival (2016), Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Institute at the
University of Minnesota (2014,2015), the Cartagena Music Festival in Colombia(2014), the
Sewanee Summer Music Festival at the University of the South (2013), the Santa Catarina
Music Festival in Brazil (2013), the Campos do Jordao International Music Festival in Brazil
(2012), and the first Meeting of Latin American Suzuki Students in Peru(2010).
In 2010, Aldana won the the Luis Angel Arango Library’s Youth Performer National Competition
in Colombia.In 2014, she won the “Coda Bow Prize” in the Mary West Solo Competition, in 2015
she won Grand Prize and First Place Senior Division at the Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Young Artist Competition and Honorable Mention at Thursday Musical Competition.
Sara Aldana’s primary teacher is Sally O´Reilly as part of the PreConservatory
Program at Shattuck St. Mary’s School where full scholarship is granted for Sara’s education. She will be attending the Butler School of music at the University of Texas at Austin where full scholarship
has been also granted. She has also worked with Liz Angela Garcia and Marcelino Prats at the
National University of Colombia. Aldana has performed in master classes for Peter Otto, Amy
Lee, Leon Spierer, Simone Bernardini, Richard Young, Boris Brovtsyn, Hagai Shajam, Luiz
Filipe Coelho, Theodora Geraets, Ruben Aharonyan and members of the Miami Quartet and
Time for Three.