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Mauricio Aguiar

Instrument: Violin

Education: University of Cincinnati and Yale University

Hometown: Curitiba, Brazil

Neighborhood: Anderson Township, Ohio

Joined the CSO in 1997

Inspiration as a musician: From the fact that I’m still in awe that music can speak instantly of extremely complex human feelings in a way that even the most articulate speaker might have trouble reproducing.

Hobbies: I make violins, violas and cellos. Outside of music, the main subjects going through my mind are astrology, alchemy and spirituality in general.

Current playlist: Currently it’s Brazilian pop singer Ney Matogrosso (amazing singer, scandalously off-the-wall, but a genius), but normally a variety of non-orchestral classical music.

Favorite food: Jabuticaba. It’s a Brazilian fruit that grows on the trunk of its tree. I could eat it until I pass away.

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? A place where music can touch hearts in a similar yet unspoken way often serves as a reminder that we are all together in this mysterious thing that life is—all made of the same materials and essentially good in nature.