SERGIO ASSAD (b 1952 )
The brothers Sergio and Odair Assad, born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1952 and 1956 respectively, are not only one of the top classical guitar duos in the world but also eminent solo recitalists with international careers. They studied in their formative years in Rio de Janeiro with the guitarist/lutenist Monina Távora, a student of Segovia. Their virtuosity has inspired many composers including Piazzolla, Riley, Gnattali, Nobre, Koshkin, Dyens, Morel, Krieger and Mignone, to dedicate pieces to them. Sergio Assad, acknowledged as one of the finest contemporary composers for the guitar, has a long list of works in his catalogue.