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date: 12 November 2019

Barbosa-Lima, Carlos locked

  • Silvio J. dos Santos


(b São Paulo, Brazil, Dec 17, 1944). Brazilian guitarist, arranger, and teacher. Barbosa-Lima has been performing for over 50 years in important venues around the world. He started playing the guitar at age 7 and two years later began studying with Isaías Sávio, one of the foremost guitar teachers in Brazil. His concert career started with his debut in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro at age 13. After his successful 1967 concert tour in the United States, he received scholarships to participate in Andrés Segovia’s 1968 masterclasses in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He has produced more than 40 recordings, with a repertoire ranging from classical and contemporary music to jazz and Brazilian popular music, and has published books on guitar techniques and repertoires in collaboration with John Griggs. He has also published and recorded works dedicated to him by composers such as Guido Santórsola, Francisco Mignone, and Alberto Ginastera. His transcriptions and performances of works by Domenico Scarlatti, Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Scott Joplin, and Stephen Sondheim are remarkable for their clarity of textures, where the melody and bass lines are clearly distinguished from countermelodies and harmonies. Formerly a member of the guitar faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, he still conducts masterclasses throughout the world. He has published several books on guitar techniques and repertoires in collaboration with John Griggs....

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S. Sadie and J. Tyrell, eds.: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2/London, 2001)