A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, violinist Manoela Wunder has established herself in Los Angeles as an exceptionally versatile and eclectic artist. Classically trained, she has a strong passion for improvisation in jazz, blues, and rock genres and is an active composer and arranger for string ensembles and jazz bands.
Manoela’s chamber music experiences have been extremely prominent. Her own quartets and trios, including her jazz group “The Wunder Trio”, are in constant demand. She is also a solo guest violinist with LA bands “New Sensations” and international world music band “Esperanto”. Other live performances and recordings include Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra, Frank Ocean, and a Quincy Jones benefit with Lang Lang. In addition, Manoela has been featured in films and TV shows such as Suburgatory (ABC), Qwerty (best soundtrack at the Nashville Film Festival), Spaghetti Storm, The Composer, and The Monstrosity.
Manoela has performed with a wide range of orchestras and chamber groups in New York, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles as well as Europe. Her music has been heard in the most prominent halls across the country, including Alice Tully Hall (NY), Symphony Center Chicago and Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA). She is a multiple prizewinner of competitions in the United States and Europe and has been a guest at many prominent festivals throughout her career. In Brazil, she has been coaxed back to her hometown to perform as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, in the most prestigious halls of the city and on national television.
Manoela holds a Bachelor of Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (NY) in Violin Performance and a Master of Music degree with distinction under scholarship from DePaul University in Chicago.
Manoela Wunder is a member of the Professional Musicians Local 47, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the RMA LA.