Violão: A Concert Celebrating Sérgio Assad And The Brazilian Guitar


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In a partnership between the Brazilian Consulate in New York and the Center for Latin American, Latino and Caribbean at The Graduate Center CUNY “Violão” will showcase three of the most talented Brazilian guitarists of the new generation. Curated by Brazilian guitarist and educator João Luiz, the program will honor the legacy of acclaimed guitarist and composer Sérgio Assad in the year of his 70th birthday. Other highlights of the program will include works by Garoto and Bellinati.

Where: Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Av. New York, NY 10016

When: Thursday, November 10th, 6-9pm
This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.
All attendees must register prior to the event (get ticket) and follow Graduate Center COVID-19 protocols (see below)
About the artists
Sergio Assad has developed a life as an interpreter along with his brother Odair as the acclaimed Assad Brothers Guitar Duo. As a composer Assad has completed over three hundred works for guitar, many of which have become standards in the classical guitar repertoire. Pieces like Aquarelle, Fantasia Carioca, Farewell, Sonata 1, Uarekena and Eli’s Portrait are part of the repertoire of many well-established guitarists today. In 2008 Sergio Assad was awarded the first prize in the Latin Grammy for his original composition Tahhyya Li Ossoulina. Assad’s orchestral compositions include the ballet “Scarecrow”, the concerto “Mikis” for guitar and strings, “Interchange”, a concerto for guitar quartet and orchestra nominates for a Latin Grammy in 2010, the concerto “Originis” for violin, guitar duo, and orchestra recorded live with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo featuring the Assads and Nadja Sonnemberg as soloists, the concerto “Phases” for guitar duo and orchestra premiered in 2011 by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra with the Assad Brothers as soloists, the ‘Concerto Popular do Rio’ commissioned by the GFA and the Cordoba Guitar Festival premiered in June 2015 with Pablo Villegas as soloist. In 2020 Assad wrote “Voyages” for guitar and strings and in the same year wrote the Naousa guitar concerto. Both concertos were premiered in 2022 in Miami and Naousa, Greece, respectively.
In 2013 Sergio Assad was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Arizona in Tucson. He also got along with his brother Odair an award for artistic life achievement by the Guitar Foundation of America in 2015. Assad was nominated twice for the Grammy Academy in 2022 as a composer and a performer for the album Archetypes in partnership with Clarice Assad and the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble. Also in 2022 Sergio Assad was featured as an innovative voice in the PBS show Now Hear This.
João Luiz, two-time Latin Grammy nominee guitarist, educator, and composer João Luiz, began to play the popular music of his native Brazil professionally during his childhood and was later trained in classical guitar by his mentor Henrique Pinto. Winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild Competition as a member of the critically acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo, João has performed extensively in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. As a performer and composer João is equally at home with classical, Brazilian and world music; his solo guitar, guitar ensemble and chamber music repertoire covers all the main works in the guitar literature from Dowland to Berio and Brazilian rhythms from choro to baião. His versatility led him to be chosen to collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto on a project to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in a landmark concert in Cuba in 2014.

His arrangements and compositions have been recorded and played by Marina Piccinini, Fábio Zanon, Paulo Martelli, Quaternaglia, Olson/De Cari Duo, Paquito D’Rivera, Clarice Assad, Bridget Kibbey, Jiji, Sybarite 5, The Newman & Oltman guitar duo, Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, and the New York City Classical Guitar Society. Luiz’s Harp Concerto Recife written for Bridget Kibbey was premiered by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019. Recent commissions include works for the USC Thornton School of Music guitar department, Conjunto Sicarú, GFA, and Duo Sonidos. João has recorded more than fifteen CDs playing solo, duo, trio and in quartet, most of which have featured his arrangements of classical or Brazilian works. Eager to expand the repertoire of his instrument João has commissioned and premiered works written for him by Sérgio Assad, Leo Brouwer, Clarice Assad, David Leisner, Paulo Bellinati, Marco Pereira, Ronaldo Miranda, Mariel Mayz, David Sampson, and Frederic Hand. João is the director of chamber music at CUNY Hunter College and also teaches guitar at Stony Brook University and Mannes College.
Eduardo Gutterres is a multi-awarded guitarist who has established himself as one of his generation’s leading musicians in Brazil. He holds a Bachelor of Music with honors from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), where he studied with Paulo Inda. In 2019, he moved to São Paulo (Brazil) after he was chosen among 200 Brazilian applicants as the Magda Tagliaferro Scholar, which is a sponsorship provided by Cultura Artística Foundation for young Brazilian musicians. In 2021, he was accepted to the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a scholarship to pursue a Master’s Degree advised by Mark Delpriora. Most recently, Eduardo was awarded the 1st prize in the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition at MSM, playing the Castelnuovo Tedesco Guitar Concerto in D Major. In partnership with the Brazilian streaming platform called ZapMusic, Gutterres is working on the production of the documentary “Guitar Around the World”, where he shows the routine of a young Brazilian guitarist in New York studying in one of the most important music conservatories in the world. Eduardo Gutterres is sponsored by Augustine Strings and has been working intensively in duo with Gabriele Leite, with whom he toured Brazil during the summer of 2022.
Gabriele Leite was the first classical guitarist listed in the Forbes magazine under 30 edition 2021. She currently resides in New York (USA), where she is pursuing a DMA in Music Performance at the prestigious Stony Brook University as a TA under the guidance of João Luiz. Gabriele holds a Bachelors in music from the UNESP Institute of Arts in São Paulo and a Master’s in music performance with honors from the Manhattan School of Music. Gabriele was the first guitarist to win the prestigious Magda Tagliaferro Scholarship, promoted by Sociedade Cultura Artística. She has excelled at several festivals and competitions in Brazil and abroad. Recent highlights include her performance of the Villa-Lobos guitar Concerto at Sala São Paulo conducted by Luiz de Godoy with the São Paulo University Orchestra and the chamber music competition “Lillian Fuchs Competition” with guitarist Eduardo Gutterres. Gabriele Leite is an international fellow of the Sociedade Cultura Artística and, since April 2020 she has been sponsored by Augustine Strings, using the Augustine Regal/Blue (High Tension) model.
Gabriele Leite and Eduardo Guterres have been playing concerts in the USA and Brazil as a duo since 2020. Gabi & Edu performed at the Reception for the United Nations Security Council meeting, the opening concert of “Person of the Year 2022”, organized by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce and a Brazilian tour of 11 concerts in 2022. Most recently, they have won the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, in New York City. The repertoire played by the duo is a mix between Brazilian classical music and Brazilian instrumental popular music from different periods such as early and modern choros, Brazilian Waltzes, Scottish and Samba, just to name a few.
Octávio Deluchi, making his Carnegie Hall debut at 24 years old and praised as one of the most active and brilliant soloists of his generation by the specialized press, Octávio Deluchi is a recipient of more than 15 awards. Deluchi is a strong advocate for new music, having premiered works by Vicente Paschoal, João Luiz, Juliano Camara, Luis Carlos Barbieri, Cleisson José, Terrance Shepherd, Megan Deslinger, Mary Simmons, and others, and publishing those works in partnership with the composers. He is a founder member of AssoVio Vertentes Guitar Association, coordinator of Violão na Lira and the guitar festival Mostra de Violão da Lira Ceciliana, all in his native Minas Gerais state in Brazil. Along with Gabriele Leite, Nicolas Porto and Camila Silva, he coordinates the Brazilian Classical Guitar Community – BCGC. He has performed in New York City, Philadelphia, Little Rock, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte, being featured in different venues and events, such as Composer’s Now (NYC), Americas Society/Council of Americas (NYC), Odeon Guitar Series (NYC), Starry Nights (NY), Guitar by Masters (USA), VMEA (USA), Musik Expedition International Music Festival, Inverno Cultural de São João Del Rei (MG-BRA), IFCE Ciclo Violonístico (CE-BRA), Souza Lima Guitar Competition (SP-BRA), Festival Internacional de Violão do Espírito Santo (ES-BRA), BNDES Quartas Instrumentais (RJ), Triade/Vioesp (SP-BRA), Music Talking, and more. Since 2018, Octávio is the guest soloist and resident professor at Festival de Música de Prados (Prados Music Festival). Octávio is currently a second year doctoral student at Stony Brook University under the guidance of Dr. João Luiz. Important names in his development as a musician and guitarist are Guilherme Vincens, Robert Trent, Paulo Martelli, Fabio Zanon, Vladmir Agostini, and Ian Guest. Octávio Deluchi uses Augustine Regal Red strings. For more:
Eduardo Gutterres
Jean Charnaux (b. 1986) – Poético
Sérgio Assad (b. 1952) – 6 Brevidades
Gabriele Leite
Sérgio Assad (b.1952) Sonata for Guitar
Aníbal Augusto Sardinha “Garoto” (1915-1955) Jorge do Fusa
Octávio Deluchi
Sergio Assad (b. 1952) – Spanish Impressions (World Premiere)
Vicente Paschoal (b. 1979) – Sonata (dedicated to Octavio Deluchi)
Eduardo Gutterres and Gabriele Leite
Sérgio Assad (b.1952) Selections from Summer Garden Suite
João Luiz, Gabriele Leite, Octavio Deluchi, Eduardo Gutterres
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) Choros n.5 “Alma Brasileira” (arranged by João Luiz)
Paulo Bellinati (1950) Baião de Gude
COVID-19 and Building access:
Non-CUNY attendees will need to show ID, proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within seven days of the event.
CUNY affiliated attendees will need to show their Clear4 Pass.

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