Miss. Bianca D Avila do Prado

Cello Teacher

Bianca D Avila do Prado

SAA Member


Sandpoint, ID
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The Brazilian cellist and pedagogue Bianca d’Avila do Prado received her Master of Music in Cello Performance and String Pedagogy degree from Illinois State University in 2020. At ISU, she completed her cello studies under Dr. Adriana Ransom and Dr. Cora Swenson Lee, receiving a scholarship to work as a Graduate Assistant for the ISU String Project and acting as the ISU Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello.

She got her Bachelor’s in Cello Performance in 2007, studying with Dr. Angela Ferrari at Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil. Miss Bianca Prado’s works include five CD recordings with Camerata Ontoarte, two of them featuring the soprano Carla Maffioletti. With this group, she had the opportunity to perform concerts throughout many of Brazil’s capital cities and in Lodi, Italy (2012) and at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2015). In 2017, she was part of a project called A Lua de Santiago, recording a repertoire composed by Fernando Avila, for accordion and string quintet.

From 2010 to 2018 Miss Prado taught Suzuki cello to student of all ages at Escola Tio Zequinha, a Suzuki Method based Music School in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. During this time, she immersed herself in Suzuki Teaching Training Courses, taking Suzuki Philosophy courses with Dr. Shinobu Saito (Japan/Brazil) and Professor Eduardo Ludueña (Argentina); as well as Suzuki Cello Books, 1, 2, 3 and 4 with Dr. David Evenchick (Canada). She recently took Every Child Can training with Edward Kreitman, Clases grupales with Andrea Spinzo (Argentina) and Cello Book 5 with Tanya Carey (US).

Bianca Prado performed at Theatro São Pedro Chamber Orchestra from 2011 to 2018, where she had the chance to work with famous musicians such as the pianist Nelson Freire and the cellist Antonio Meneses, among others. Within this orchestra she also had the opportunity to appear for the first time as a soloist, playing Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos in g minor, with the orchestra’s Principal Cello Mrs. Milene Aliverti. She was also part of Quatricelli Cello Quartet, performing music originally composed for this formation, as well as Latin American and Brazilian songs arranged for cello quartet.

She accepted a position as Cello Instructor at the Suzuki String Academy, in Sandpoint, Idaho. At SSA she currently teaches private cello lessons, Cello Choir, Mommy and Me Cello Class, Vivace Cello Ensemble, Beginner and Intermediate Chamber Ensembles and Junior Orchestra at the Sandpoint Christian School. She is also currently teaching cello students from the Preparatory Division of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho online.

Bianca has actively been working on making Brazilian music for strings more well known and performed in the US. Her article "Teaching Diversity: Four Brazilian Pieces for String Orchestra", was recently published on the Scroll Magazine from the Illinois American String Teachers Association. Her composition Brazilian Habanera for string orchestra was recently selected and will be published in the Beginning Level Volumes of the Celebrating Diversity in String Music Anthology, promoted by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a prize awarded by the Sphinx Venture Fund.

She will also have her article titled "Setting Habits for Success: How Being a Suzuki Student Can Transform Your Child’s Brain" published in the American Suzuki Journal in November/2021.