Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Marcio Carneiro began musical studies at the age of six. After a first prize awarded by the Musical Schools Association of Brazil, he received a scholarship from the German government to pursue his studies in Europe under the renowned cellist and teacher André Navarra.

In 1976 he received a diploma with honors from the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. In 1977 he graduated with honors and received a soloist’s diploma from the Musikhochschule Detmold, where he was appointed professor in 1980.

A 1978 prize at the International Tschaikovsky Competition in Moscow marked the beginning of a burgeoning international performing and teaching career. Since then, he has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras and has given recitals throughout the world. He has received much public and critical praise for the beauty of his tone, the perfection of his technique and the authenticity of his style.

He regularly gives master classes at music festivals in Sion (Switzerland, Flaine (France), Estoril (Portugal) and Bariloche (Argentina).

Marcio Carneiro concentrates at present its teaching activities at the HEMU Lausanne, site of Sion.