Eliano Bráz, violinist/violist, is a native of Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. Bráz began his violin and viola studies at age 11 with Vazken 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 first 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.While playing in Brazil, Bráz studied chamber music and orchestral practicing with Eleazar de Carvalho and having the oportunity to have master class with Eric Friedman (a student of Jasch Heiftz) at the International Winter Music Festival in Itu, Sao Paulo. Later he 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, 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, and played with Marc Anthony at Madison Square Gardens. He also performed with Diana Ross when she was in Brazil. Bráz has played classical, Brazilian, jazz and folk music for over 24 years.