Dr. Thiago Formiga : Violin

Brazilian violinist Thiago Formiga holds a BMus in violin from the Federal University of Paraíba with Professor Yerko Tabilo and a MM in Performance from Duquesne University with Professor Charles Stegeman. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to experience a diverse career as soloist, chamber and orchestra musician, and pedagogue.

During his master’s degree, he was concertmaster of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra, first violin of the Frances De Broff Graduate Quartet, and prize winner of the DSO Concerto Competition. While in Pittsburgh, Mr. Formiga performed with the Wheeling Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, and Altoona Symphony, as well as appearances with Classical Revolution Pittsburgh. In the summer of 2014, he attended Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas, with the Fauré Piano Quartet.

Thiago Formiga returned to Brazil in 2014, where he was appointed Concertmaster of the Paraiba Symphony Orchestra and joined one of Brazil’s most renowned string quintets: Quinteto da Paraiba. He also taught in a social music project for underprivileged children called Orquestra Criança Cidadã, and became the violin professor at the Federal Institute of Paraiba, teaching pre-college students.

Mr. Formiga moved back to the US in 2019 to pursue his Doctorate in Violin Performance at the University of Georgia with Levon Ambartsumian. He is a member of the Hugh Hodgson Graduate String Quartet, the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, and frequently performs with the Savannah Philharmonic, Sunflower Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, and Augusta Symphony Orchestra.