Renata Ribeiro was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil where she acquired her Bachelor’s degree in viola performance. In her early career she was a winner for many soloist competitions and recitals such as Young Artist Soloist Competition of the Orquestra Sinfonica do Sesiminas. Ms. Ribeiro had been part of numerous professional orchestras in Brazil, such as Municipal Theater Symphony Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, Petrobras Symphony Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra where she performed with renowned conductors including Kurt Masur, Roberto Minczuk, Krzysztof Penderecki and Isaac Karabtchevsky. She has participated in numerous master classes, with Rainer Moog, Wilfried Strehle, Jason Fisher and Timothy Deighton and attended the International Viola Congress in 2010. She was a teaching assistant at Penn State University, where she completed her master’s in viola performance and a professional performance certificate. Appearances with the Penn State Symphony Orchestra and The Penn State Viola Quartet include concerts at the Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center. As a member of the Penn State String Quartet she had masterclasses with Emerson String Quartet, Kronos Quartet and Biava Quartet. She initiated a doctored program at Shenandoah University, where she was also a teacher assistant for one year and completed an MBA degree. She moved to Florida in 2015 and enjoys working with students from the El Sistema inspired program, MusicWorks!