Patricia Silva has performed chamber recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and Brazil. She holds a Bachelors degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, where she studied with Dr. Fausto Borem, and a Master of Music Performance Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, where her primary teacher was Dr. Marcos Machado. Other teachers include Volkan Orhon, Antonio Arzolla, Tim Cobb, Catalin Rotaru, Ed Barker and Matthew McDonald.
As a member of the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, The YOA Orchestra of the Americas, The Aldeburgh World Orchestra and The Aldeburgh Strings, Ms. Silva has played in several venues including the Carnegie Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw and the Royal Albert Hall.
Ms. Silva has received many awards throughout her career such as the first place in the Paulo Bosisio Strings Competition, Furnas Geracao Musical, William T. Gower Competition (first bassist to ever win this competition). She also was also a semifinalist in the X Sphinx Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Orchestra, the Universidade of Brasilia Orchestra, the Bahia Symphony, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra.
A dedicated pedagogue committed to building classical music audience, Patricia Silva was responsible for the University of Southern Mississippi orchestra's outreach program introducing classical music to schools, nursing homes and similar facilities while working on her degree in that institution. She was also a cello and double bass instructor at the Hattiesburg Public Schools.
Ms. Silva is currently on faculty at Augustana College and Drake University. She is completing her doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, where she also served as teaching assistant. Her thesis research under Professor Volkan Orhon examines the adaptation of the Galamian scale system to the double bass. Ms. Silva frequently performs as lecturer and recitalist in the USA and Brazil and is a member of the Des Moines Symphony and the Quad City Symphony.