In 1996, after a large fire in Heliópolis, the maestro Silvio Baccarelli decided to teach music to 36 children and young people of the community, as a way of reducing the suffering of the families affected and contribute to the self-esteem and education of these youngsters. Since the south São Paulo neighborhood did not have appropriate facilities to house the activities, the maestro made his own property available, the Baccarelli Auditorium (located in Vila Clementino), to start giving classes.
Of the participants of this initial stage, two former members of the choir that the maestro directed for several decades in São Paulo have remained at the head of the Institute: the brothers Edilson and Edmilson Venturelli. In addition to the executive management and institutional image, they were responsible for developing the different activities of the organization, in addition to significantly expanding the size of the educational institution.
The Institute has a broad structure, housed in two buildings, where practice occurs for 5 orchestras, 14 choirs, 23 music education groups, 6 chamber groups and 2 ensembles, in addition to group and individual lessons given by 68 teachers.
In addition to the presentations in the Heliópolis community, in hospitals, churches, schools and seasonal appearances at the Sala São Paulo and MASP, the groups of the Baccarelli Institute are frequently invited to perform in other important cultural centers, music festivals and prestigious events.
The students have already shared the stage with maestros like Zubin Mehta, Peter Gülke, Yutaka Sado, accompanied by Julian Rachlin, Erik Schumann, Domenico Nordio, Leonard Elschenbroich, Arnaldo Cohen, Jean-Louis Steuerman, Antonio Meneses, Ricardo Castro, Paula Almerares and famous artists like Ivete Sangalo, Milton Nascimento, João Bosco, Luiz Melodia, Lenine, Paula Lima, Toquinho, Fafá de Belém and Ivans Lins. The groups have already performed in the municipal theaters of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, at the Gasteig in Germany and the Muziekgebouw in Holland, and participated in events like the Beethoven Festival (Bonn, Germany) and Rock in Rio, with Mike Patton.