About us

The Baccarelli Institute is a nonprofit civil association, which serves about 1,200 children and youth in sociocultural programs that aim to provide musical and artistic formation of excellence, providing personal development and professional opportunities in music.

Headquartered in Heliopolis - once considered the largest slum in Sao Paulo, the Baccarrlli Institute offers for residents of the community a great structure and highly qualified teachers, group and individual lessons, theory and technique, and joint practice in orchestras, choirs and chamber groups and may go musicalization to specialization in an instrument or singing.


Offer musical education and artisticexcellence by providing personal development and creating the opportunity for professionalization, with focus on children and youth in situations of social vulnerability.


Being identified as an organization that contributes to the fair growth of society just to awaken and develop potential, respecting and valuing human being through art.


In 1996 the conductor Silvio Baccarelli watched on TV a fire in the Heliopolis community. Moved by the struggle of families to recover their homes and belongings, the conductor went to a public school in the region (EMEF Luiz Gonzaga do Nascimento Jr.  and suggested starting the teaching of orchestral instruments for children and adolescents. Some months later, 36 boys began the study of violins, violas, cellos and basses. The chosen area was the Baccarelli Auditorium, a conductor’s private property located in Vila Mariana.

Initially, all the structure provided to students was paid with own funds of Silvio. Since 1998, professionals connected to him and his company joined the same ideal and worked to register the project in the Law for the Encouragement of National Culture / Rouanet. The organization that was chosen as the keeper was the Concert Society of São Paulo, created ten years before with the objective of encouraging the dissemination of classical music. From then it was possible to get sponsors in the private sector and expand the activities.

In 2005 the Institute moved to the community, occupying the building of an old juice factory. The proximity of his students allowed greater attendance. In 2009, the Institute opened the first stage of its own building, donated by Pro-Life, with 2800 square meters and five floors. A unique project in Brazil, thought out and planned to meet around 2000 students.

Coral da Gente (Choir of People)

A program developed by Baccarelli Institute since 2000, the Choir of People provides the education of choir singing to children and adolescents from Heliópolis.

The activities represent an introduction to the musical universe, and this aspect makes the Coral of People the entrance door for children in Baccarelli Institute. The classes of vocal techniques, posture, breathing, musical perception and theatrical expression are planned by conceited and pedagogically prepared teachers, who the learning and development of the students.

With a varied repertory, the Choir of People performs in some important cultural centers of São Paulo, such as Sala São Paulo, Theaters Alfa and Municipal of São Paulo, Obelisco of Ibirapuera, Morumbi Stadium, Mosteiro de São Bento, Páteo do Colégio and Cathedral of Sé.

Orchestra of Tomorrow

The Orchestra of Tomorrow program, developed by Baccarelli Institute, offers to children and adolescents the knowledge of the instruments that compose the universe of a symphonic orchestra, such as: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, tromp, trumpet, trombone and percussion.

This was the first activity developed by the organization in Heliópolis. It started in 1996 and has changed a lot during two years. In 2003, in parallel with the orchestral practice, began the collective teaching of instruments.

Today, the program offer collective classes for groups that are having their first contact with the instruments and individual classes, of development, for the ones who are already in more advanced levels. The program also forms groups of chamber music such as strings duets and quartets, woodwinds and brass quintets, chamber orchestra, cello and violas groups and school orchestras of child and youthful levels.

Through the development of the student’s skills, the Orchestra of Tomorrow offer to young people the opportunity to perfect their instrumental learning.

Heliópolis Symphony

Heliópolis Symphony is a program developed by Baccarelli Institute that offer the knowledge of the orchestral skills and the symphonic repertoire to young people who live in a bad economically situation.
The activities began in 1996, under coordination of the conductor Sílvio Baccarelli, when a group of 36 students from Heliópolis originated a strings orchestra. In 2004, the orchestra started to became necessary to find students that were in the same level of musical knowledge in comparison with the group already created. Realizing the difficulty of forming this orchestra just with inhabitants of Heliópolis and understanding that the diversity in group would is the best manner to practice social inclusion, tests were opened for music students from whole country.

Nowadays, the orchestra is composed by about 80 musicians from different Brazilian cities, such as Fortaleza, Belém and Manaus. There are also other musicians from another country, such as United States and Chile. These students went to São Paulo motivated by journalistic reviews and teachers that they found in music festivals.

The students earn a financial help, so that they can dedicate themselves exclusively for the artistic learning. The well known Isaac Karabtchevsky is the orchestra’s conductor and the responsible for the artistic direction. The conductor from Israel Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta, became the patron of Heliópolis Symphony after conducting the orchestra, during his visit to Brazil, in 2005.

Isaac Karabtchevsky

Brazilian conductor and musician of international fame, Isaac Karabtchevsky has conducted important orchestras in Brazil and around the world: Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra, in Rio de Janeiro (1969/94); Tonkünstlerorchester, Vienna (1988/94); Teatro La Fenice, Venice (1995/2001) and Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (2004/09), where he acted as Artistic Director.
More recently, since 2003 until 2010, Maestro Karabtchevsky served as Director of Symphonic Orchestra of Porto Alegre. Currently, he is the first conductor of two orchestras: Petrobras Sinfônica, in Rio de Janeiro, and Sinfônica Heliópolis, in São Paulo, where is also Artistic Director of Instituto Baccarelli.

2013 Season

Let’s play 2013, together…
This year will be a spectacle!
The third consecutive year, the Heliópolis Symphony will have a regular concert season. The orchestra will have ten different programs during this year, at Sala São Paulo. It’ll be the biggest concert season of the orchestra’s history. According to the Sidney Molina’s, critical to the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, the Heliópolis Symphony “is already a relevant artistic group in the city, beyond the social project which emerges”.

The year 2013 is the third that has Isaac Karabtchevsky as artistic director and titular conductor. About his own job ahead of those young musicians, the reputed conductor said: “I have been experienced a true renaissance of the classical music among the young people. Recently, when I conducted the Symphony No 2, composed by Gustav Mahler, or the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, I almost could not believe that those young guys were creating”.

The group also was selected by OSESP to compose their season. In the year of the Verdi’s bi-centennial of birth, the Heliópolis Symphony will feature tribute to the brilliant Italian compositor playing the Four Sacred Pieces. Besides that, the orchestra’s program will also present Beethoven and a unique unreleased song composed by André Mehmari.

Other great musicians will join the Symphony Heiliópolis this year, such as Berenika Glixman, who is considered one of the greatest promises among the young generation of pianists; Antonio Meneses, cellist who is considered one of the best Brazilian soloists who has an international fame; Tomer Lev, one of the most renowned Israelis pianists nowadays; and we shouldn’t have a lack in considering Julian Rachlin, one of the top violinist in the world who is investing in a new career: conductor. In 2012, Rachlin was invited to be the Principal Guest Conductor of Heliópolis Symphony, his first position in this new project. Every soloist will donate their paychecks to the social cultural projects developed by the Baccarelli Institute.

That is not all. If in 2012, besides the official Heliópolis Symphony’s season, the Baccarrelli Institute presented 20 chamber sessions, 152 choirs and 51 orchestras, in 2013 it will not be different. Beyound offering musical education to kids and youths from Heliópolis community, the Institute makes sure to give the public great artistic and cultural attractions, what democratizes access to concert music.

By the way, there are new scholarships available for children from the community’s municipal network who are interested in the music universe: musicalization, children from 4 years of age and choirs from 6 year old. The growing and the strengths of these bases are what create great perspectives to the future of the Baccarelli Institute, that, as Heliópolis Symphony and the other artistic groups, is able to bring people together around music. More over: put together the Classical and the Popular, International and Domestic, the Center and Suburbs, Talent and Opportunity, at long last: Dreams and Reality.