Patricia Silva Weitzel


Double Bass

Brazilian double bassist Patricia Silva holds a bachelor degree from The Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil and a Master of Music degree from The University of Southern Mississippi , USA.  Ms. Silva has received many awards in competitions such as the Paulo Bosisio Strings Competition, Furnas Geracao Musical, William T. Gower Competition (first bassist to ever win this competition), XIV Young Soloists of UFMG, II Instrumental Music for Young Players , and the III Young Soloists of Bahia Symphony. Ms. Silva was also a semifinalist of the X Sphinx Competition, USA.

As a member of the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, Ms. Silva has played in several venues in the U.S including the Carnegie Hall. While working on her degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, Ms. Silva was responsible for its orchestra’s outreach program introducing classical music to schools, nursing homes and similar facilities. She was also a cello and double bass instructor at the Hattiesburg Public Schools.

Patricia Silva is currently working on her doctoral degree in Double Bass Performance and Pedagogy at The University of Iowa, where she is the double bass teaching assistant and the recipient of the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship. Ms. Silva is also the principal double bass of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas and the founding member of Estilos, which is a chamber group that promotes innovation and learning through the Arts by the performance of cross-cultural repertoire.

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

I’ve always had the dream of playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and it came true on my first concert as a member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. I will cherish that moment for the rest of my life.

How I got started playing my instrument

When I was 15 years old, I became good friends with the most popular girl in the school, and she was a bassist. One day she asked me if I wanted to play the bass, and I said yes because of the fear of losing her friendship! It was a funny way to start, but I today I am really glad it happened.

Favorite composer

As of today, Dmitri Shostakovich. However, my opinion changes very often.

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

All kinds -- good music is universal.

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