Luiz Fernando Venturelli is a Brazilian cellist who is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising young musicians of the country. Born and raised in a musical family, Luiz began his musical studies at the age of 3 and began playing the cello when he was 8. He studied at the Instituto Baccarelli, a non-profit organization that offers free music lessons to children, from the time he was 8 until he came to the United States when he was 17. Luiz is a member of the Galvin Cello Quartet, recently winning CAG’s 2022 Victor Elmaleh Competition and the silver medal at the 2021 Fischoff Competition. Luiz has been a prize winner in the Paulo Bosisio competition, the Samuel and Eleanor Thaviu String competition, and the 24th Annual Sphinx Competition. As a soloist, Luiz has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo, Bahia Symphony, and Goiás Philharmonic, among others. He received his BM from Northwestern University in 2021 and is currently a second year master’s student under Professor Hans Jensen. Luiz is a spirited enthusiast of non-classical music, having led a rock band and played and recorded with multiple artists in Brazil. Luiz is a winner of the 2023 Astral National Competition.