Marcelo Vieira is a Brazilian do-it-all cellist and an interdisciplinary artist always combining different styles of music and artistic expressions. He holds a bachelor in Music performance from Campinas State University (Brazil) and a Master’s degree both in Jazz Studies and Cello Performance from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Dennis Parker and Bill Grimes.
After years playing in Orchestras in Sao Paulo State, in 2000 he decided to venture in the popular music scene of his hometown playing in bands and music clubs with local artists. In 2003 he started freelancing with popular Brazilian artists and bands, touring worldwide as cellist/sideman - including Montreuxx Jazz Festival in 2003 and recordings of MTV Unplugged and Live in Brazil. Also during his years at Campinas State University he worked in the composition and production of several soundtracks for Dance and Theater projects. For the last years he has been intensively working in Harmonic and Rhythmic accompaniment concepts for cello, dedicating himself to the skillful art of singing and playing, becoming a creative arranger and songwriter and creating the Cello&Voice project. Living in the US since 2009, he is faculty at Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop in Ohio and at the Vermont Improvising Strings Academy invited by Eugene Friesen. In 2010 he presented his work Cello&Voice as guest artist in the The New Directions Cello Festival in Ithaca, NY, and at the Rio International Cello Encounter in Brazil. Marcelo is also a producer and worked from 2010 to 2011 as assistant for communications and development for the LSU Symphony.