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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Since 201l, American cellist Eric Alterman has lived and worked in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, a traditional symphony orchestra based in Rio de Janeiro that is well known for touring and for encouraging new talents.

Alterman, a classically trained musician with bachelor's and master's degrees from Brandeis University and Boston University, respectively, packed up and moved to Rio de Janeiro to join the orchestra after finding an opening online and passing a standard audition for entry into the

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