Ivan Vilela

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Ivan Vilela Pinto
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Background information
Born (1962-08-28) August 28, 1962 (age 52)
Origin Minas Gerais, Brazil
Occupation(s) Musician, Teacher, Researcher
Instruments Viola caipira
Labels Kalamata
Website www.ivanvilela.com.br

Ivan Vilela (born August 28, 1962 in Itajubá, Minas Gerais) is a Brazilian composer, arranger, researcher, teacher and viola caipira player. Ivan Vilela is currently a professor at the School of Communication and Arts, University of São Paulo.[1] He is the director of Orquestra Filarmônica de Violas, a Brazilian orchestra composed by Brazilian violas.[2] Ivan Vilela is one of the main ten-string guitarists (viola) nowadays. With a special style and very developed technique, he has more than 15 albums recorded, solo or with different groups, and was nominated for and awarded several prestigious prizes in Brazil.[3]


Ivan Vilela is the youngest of a family of eleven children. When he was 11 years old, Ivan received a guitar from his father. His first guitar teacher was Amaury Vieira, in 1973.[4] He began his artistic career at age 18  playing with the "Pedra" Group and then the "Água doce" Group, who did research on the music roots from the state of Minas Gerais.[5] Vilela studied History prior to studying Music Composition at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), where he earned a BA and an MA in Arts. In 1989, he moved to Campinas. In 1995, he started playing the viola as a solo instrument. Since 1996 he has been frequently performing not only in Brazil, but also in Spain, France, Britain, Italy, and Portugal.[6] Vilela has researched popular culture for over 20 years. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of São Paulo with a thesis on the social history of Brazilian country music.[7]


  • 1985 — Hortelã (LP)
  • 1994 — Trilhas (CD)
  • 1997 — Trovadores do Vale (CD)
  • 1997 — Espiral do Tempo (CD)
  • 1997 — Violeiros do Brasil — SESC-Contemporary Nucleus — (CD, live)
  • 1998 — Paisagens (CD)
  • 1999 — Rumos Musicais (CD)
  • 1999 — Teatro do Descobrimento. With the group Anima and singer Anna Maria Kiefer (CD)
  • 2002 — retratos em Vários Compassos (CD)
  • 2002 — Quatro Estórias — Stories from Rubem Alves converted into music by Ivan Vilela (CD)
  • 2004 — Orquestra Filarmônica de Violas — Classics of Brazilian country music played by 20 violas(CD)
  • 2004 — Caipira com Suzana Salles e Lenine Santos (CD) — Label: Rob Digital
  • 2004 — Orquestra Filarmônica de Violas (CD)
  • 2006 — Vereda Luminosa with Andréia Teixeira (CD)
  • 2007 — Dez Cordas - Viola solo (CD)
  • 2009 — Do Corpor à Raiz (CD)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Docentes do Departamento de Música da USP" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Orquestra Filarmônica de Violas - Os Músicos" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Violeiros do Brasil (in English)". Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  4. ^ "Ivan Vilela (Musicians from do Brasil" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Ivan Vilela (Cravo Albin dictionary)" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  6. ^ "Ivan Vilela in TV Cultura" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  7. ^ "Orquestra Filarmônica de Violas" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2010-10-05. 

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