Eliano Bráz, violinist/violist, is a native of Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. Bráz beganhis violin and viola studies at age 11 with Vazken Fermanian at Sesi-Ce and TheConservatory of the Federal State University of Ceará.At age 12, he joined his first youth orchestra, and at 13 began playing solo withthe city’s leading chamber orchestra. A year later, he co-founded the first GuaramirangaMusic Festival and began composing his first string quartet piece titled “Moments ofGuaramiranga.” At 16, he auditioned for the Goáis Philharmonic Orchestra, performingwith them for five years throughout Brazil.While playing in Brazil, Bráz studied chambermusic and orchestral practicing with Eleazar de Carvalho and having the oportunity tohave master class with Eric Friedman (a student of Jasch Heiftz) at the InternationalWinter Music Festival in Itu, Sao Paulo. Later he was invited to play with the OrcecOrchestra in Fortaleza where he traveled and performed with prominent Brazilian andinternational musicians for five years. His experience ranges from classical orchestras,ensembles, various quartets, and trios to popular Brazilian music, playing with musicians such as Ermeto Pascal, Sivuca, Cyro Batista ,Faguiner, Rita Lee, Lulu Santos, Belchior, Skank, J’ Quest, Artul Moureira Lima and in the United States he has been performing with many orchestras and ensembles in New York, performing at Carnegie hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tuly Hall, Twon Hall and many others. His band has played in venues in the city including Miss Favela, Zinc bar, Esperanto, Nublu, Ze bulon, Sob's, Cabanas, Drum, Bembe, with reviews in Time Out New York magazine. Braz has also made appearances on TV shows such as The View and The Today Show with the singer Rihanna. He also performed with Diana Ross when she was in Brazil. Bráz has played classical, Brazilian, jazz and folk music for over 24 years.
In March 2004, Bráz came to New York as a freelance musician in hopes offurther exposing himself to new music and experiences. In the past six years Bráz hascreated his own group, Rabeca-do-Forró playing popular Brazilian music from theNortheastern region of the country. Bráz’s group fuses different kinds of music fromall over Brazil and the world, and incorporates improvisations into their work. Bráz hasplayed Brazilian music on the violin throughout all of New York.In addition to his band, Rabeca-do-Forró, Bráz composes and writes lyrics for his ownoriginal songs. Presently, Bráz has finished two albums of his own compositions. Hismost recent album is folkloric music called Forró, from the Northeast region of Brazil.His lyrics are stories of his experiences living on the farm with his family. In addition to his own albums, he is also currently composing and recording the score for a film.
Along with performing, Bráz has taught violin for over 14 years. He believes thatteaching music can increase critical thinking and literacy skills, as well as culturalcompetence and awareness. It brings him great pleasure to teach and share his passion for music with others.