Eliano Braz, violinist/violist
A native of Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. Bráz began his violin and viola studies at age 10 with Vasquen Fermanian at Sesi-Ce and The Conservatory of the Federal State University of Ceará.
At age 12, he joined his first youth orchestra, and at 13 began playing solo with the city’s leading chamber orchestra. A year later, he co-founded the 1st Guaramiranga Music Festival and began composing his first string quartet piece titled “Moments of Guaramiranga.” At 16, he auditioned for the Goáis Philharmonic Orchestra, performing with them for five years throughout Brazil. Later, he studied chamber and orchestral music with Eleazar de Carvalho at the International Winter Music Festival in Itu, Sao Paulo. Later Braz was invited to play with the Orcec Orchestra in Fortaleza where he traveled and performed with prominent Brazilian and international 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, Marcos Lessa, Lucy Alves, Arthur Moreira Lima, Paulo Moura, 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, Town Hall and many others. His band has played in venues in the city including Le Poisson Rouge, Cannal Room, 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 MTV,
SNL, and Jimmy Fallon where he performed with the band Florence and the Machine.
Braz has been featured on The View, The Today Show with Rihanna, and with Marc Anthony at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. He has also had the privilege of performing with Dionne Warwick when she was in Brazil.
Eliano Bráz has played classical, Brazilian, jazz and folk music for over 30 years.
Additionally, Bráz composes and writes lyrics for his own original songs. He has completed two albums of his own compositions featuring folkloric music called Forró, from the Northeast region of Brazil, that tell stories of his life experiences on the farm with his family. He has also made a few appearances in short movies and documentaries such as Apple Sound by Daniel Burity and Soul to Soul by Tamika R. Guishard. He wrote three musical scores for the movie Bel Borba Aqui. Besides performing, Bráz has taught violin for over 14 years. He believes that teaching music can increase critical thinking and literacy skills, as well as cultural competence and awareness. It brings him great pleasure to teach and share his passion for music with others.
Also He Coordinates Terra Symphony Orchestra (TSO) was founded August 1st, 2015 by Eliano Braz.
Terra Symphony Orchestra was created alongside a documentary of the entire process of it's construction and realization, emerging from the dream of Mr. Eliano Bráz. The project was funded by donations received from people who simply stopped and listened to his music while he was performing in the New York City subways.
Terra Symphony Orchestra's mission is to foster appreciation for the art and classical music of Brazil and share it with the world.