BRASIL GUITAR DUO
The Brasil Guitar Duo is equally at home in classical and world music. The Duo has appeared internationally in major concert series and at festivals in Cuba, Germany, England, South Korea, Colombia, Brazil, Austria, Panama, Poland, Bermuda, Canada and throughout the U.S.
They joined cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto in the October 2014 world premiere of El arco y la lira, a work for two cellos and two guitars by Leo Brouwer. On the same programme, the Duo gave the Cuban premiere of Brouwer’s Sonata de Los Viajeros, which they had presented in its US premiere the previous month and recorded for Naxos (8.573336) which was nominated for a Latin GRAMMY® Award for Best New Composition.
The Duo premiered the Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra by Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in June 2012, under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero, and gave the work its US premiere in April 2013.
The Duo’s first album, in 2007, was Bom Partido, a CAG Records release featuring all-Brazilian repertoire, followed up recently with the CAG release, Ghosting (2017). Two critically acclaimed albums on the Naxos label, contain the complete works for two guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (8.570778 and 8.570779).
Winners of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Duo members João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have performed together for 20 years.