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Born in Recif (Brazil), the 1977 winner of the Munich International Competition and the 1982 first prize and gold medal winner of the Moscow “Tchaikovsky” Competition, he performs regularly with the most famous orchestras and the most prestigious conductors in the world. His vast number of notable recordings includes the Brahms Concerto for violin and violoncello with Anne-Sophie Mutter and an edition of Don Quixote by Richard Strauss conducted by Herbert von Karajan. He teaches at the Conservatory of Bern.
He has been teaching at the Accademia Chigiana since 2002; beforehand he held the cello class in 1997.