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 and solo experiences have been extremely prominent. Notable live performances and recordings include David Foster, Katharine McPhee, KYGO, The Tenors, Common, Deltron 3030, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra, Frank Ocean, Marco Antonio Solis, Gloria Trevi, and a Quincy Jones benefit with Lang Lang. She founded an electric rock string quartet, the Electric Angels, which regularly perform at private events throughout LA and the entire country. In addition, Manoela has been featured in films, TV shows and commercials such as Will and Grace, Apple, Microsoft, Suburgatory (ABC), Qwerty (best soundtrack at the Nashville Film Festival), Spaghetti Storm, The Composer, and The Monstrosity. She plays as a solo guest violinist with local acts “New Sensations” and “Liquid Blue”.
Ms. Wunder 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, Hollywood Bowl, The Forum, Greek Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA). She is a multiple prizewinner of competitions in the United States, Europe and South America 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.