Miss. Bianca D Avila do Prado

Cello Teacher

Bianca D Avila do Prado

SAA Member


Normal, IL
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The Brazilian cellist Bianca d’Avila do Prado is an Illinois State Graduate Teaching Assistant, working for the ISU String Project, seeking her Master Degree in Cello Performance and Strings Pedagogy, under dr. Adriana Ransom’s orientation. Currently she is also ISU Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello. In 2007, she got her Bachelor’s in Cello Performance, studying with Dr. Angela Ferrari at Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil. After that, her 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 also in Lodi, Italy (2012) and 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. In the meantime, she also taught the cello for students in a variety of ages at Tio Zequinha, a Suzuki Method based Music School in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. Following this, she immersed herself in Suzuki Teaching Training Courses, taking Suzuki Philosophy 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 the Every Child Can training with Edward Kreitman, at ISU. From 2011 to 2018, she performed at Theatro São Pedro Chamber Orchestra, 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.