Miss. Bianca D Avila do Prado

Cello Teacher

Bianca D Avila do Prado

SAA Member


Chatsworth, IL
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The Brazilian cellist and pedagogue Bianca d’Avila do Prado is currently faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, offering Traditional and Suzuki Cello lessons and is starting a MIC Outreach Suzuki Cello Program for the Evanston community. She also teaches online cello students from the University of Idaho Preparatory Division.

Miss Prado holds Masters degrees in Cello Performance and String Pedagogy from Illinois State University. At ISU, she completed her cello studies under Dr. Adriana Ransom and Dr. Cora Swenson Lee, receiving a scholarship to work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the ISU String Project and was the ISU Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello.

During the year 2021 she started and was the Head of the Cello Program at the Suzuki String Academy, in Sandpoint, Idaho. At SSA she taught 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 was also the Principal Cello of the North Idaho Philarmonia.

Bianca has been invited to teach at Festivals in Brazil and in the US, including the Illinois State University String Project Summer Camp in 2019 and 2020 and XXI, XXII and XIV Encontro de Violoncelos do RS, in Brazil. She was also cello instructor at the First Sandpoint Summer Strings Festival. As an adjudicator, she was part of the committee for the 3rd Concurso Jovem Violoncelista Jean-Jacques Pagnot (BR) and the First Sandpoint Summer Strings Festival (US).

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 six 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), Cello Book 5 with Tanya Carey (US) and Cello Revisiting Unit 1 with Sally Gross.

In Brazil she 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 Ms. Milene Aliverti. She was also part of Quatricelli Cello Quartet, winner of the "Premio Funarte de Concertos Didaticos" in 2014, performing music originally composed for this formation, as well as Latin American and Brazilian songs arranged for cello quartet.

Bianca has also 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. Another article, titled "Viajando Pelo Brasil I, Suite for Strings: A Fun way to Explore the Richness of Brazilian Culture and Music" was published in the American String Teacher Magazine in May 2022.

Her composition Brazilian Habanera for strings was one of the five pieces selected to be part of 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. This collection of pieces will be published and distributed to schools in the United States.

Her article "Setting Habits for Success: How Being a Suzuki Student Can Transform Your Child’s Brain" was published in the American Suzuki Journal in November 2021.