Bruno Silva

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Bruno Silva Began studying viola in 2004 in his native Brazil at the Escola de Musica de Brasilia. After 1 year, he placed in a solo competition and had the opportunity to perform with the Orquestra Sinfonica da Escola de Musica de Brasilia, performing the G Major Viola Concerto by Telemann. He graduated from the conservatory in 2.5 years, a program that normally takes 8 years, and then enrolled in the University of Brasilia.

Bruno has gained much experience as an orchestral and chamber musician. He has worked with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Sinfonietta, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, among others.  As a soloist, Bruno has won top prizes and has performed with Midwest Young Artists, Orquestra Sinfonica da Escola de Musica de Brasilia, North Park University Symphony Orchestra, Mode Ensemble and the Orquestra Art-Brasilia.

Bruno worked under conductors such as Cliff Colnot, Ricardo Muti, Susanna Malkki, Alastair Willis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Andrew Davis, Jaap Van Zweden, Mei-Ann Chen, Alex Klein, Harry Bicket, among others. With the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Bruno worked closely with Yo-Yo Ma.  Since 2006, Bruno has been teaching violin and viola. Bruno was a founding member of the YOURS (Youth Orchestra Urban Rita Simon) Project Chicago, which is an El Sistema music program for unprivileged students, where he worked until 2012.

Bruno Completed his undergraduate in music performance at North Park University where he studied with Charles Pikler, Chicago Symphony principal viola and his MM at DePaul University, studying with Rami Solomonow, Lyric Opera of Chicago former viola principal and current Chicago Chamber Players musician. Bruno was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 seasons.

Today, Bruno is a member of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and a freelance violist performing in many orchestras around Chicago area. Bruno also teaches private lessons and judges many student competitions. He resides in Chicago with his violinist wife Emily Nash.

How I got started playing my instrument

I wanted to play something the sounded like the violin but lower. I liked the cello but it was too low for me. At the time, I didn’t know the viola existed. I was very happy when I learned about the viola and that was exactly what I was looking for. I fell in love with the instrument’s unique tone – it was love at first sound.

Favorite Composer

I have so many, it’s hard to choose one, but if I had to, it would be Brahms. He wrote beautiful viola parts in the Orchestra and his pieces are very heart felt.

Favorite solo piece

Walton Viola Concerto

Other than classical music _____ is on my phone/iPod

Daft Punk, Linkin Park, Vamipre Weekend, and a lot of Brazilian Bossa Nova!