J. Orlando Alves was born in Lavras (MG, Brasil), eamed his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music Composition form UFRJ and Doctorate in Creative Processes form UNICAMP. Participated in the Panoramas da Musica Brasileira Atual from 1994 to 2010 and the Bienais da Musica Brasileira Contemporantea from 1997 to 2009. Alves has received awards in national competitions including: Primeiro Concurso FUNARTE de Composicao Musical (1st Place, Duos), VII Concurso Nacional de Composicao de Musica do IBEU (1st Place for his work Quantum for Wind Quintet), and honorable mention at the Concurso Nacional de Composicao Camargo Guarnieri for his orqchestral work Circinus. He became assistant professor at music composition at the Federal University of Paraiba in 2006. He currently lives in Joao Pessoa.