JOÃO CARLOS VICTOR
Winner of the 2015 Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition, João Carlos Victor was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He holds a bachelor degree in guitar from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in the class of Mario Ulloa. In 2008 he was awarded a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship for the post-graduate programme in Germany under the tutelage of Franz Halász at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg. Soon after he moved to Switzerland to study for a Masters in Performance at the Hochschule für Musik Luzern under the guidance of the well-known contemporary music specialist Mats Scheidegger. In July 2014 he obtained the most important academic title in the Swiss musical performance area with the highest grade, the Master of Arts in Specialised Solo Musical Performance Solist from the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in the class of the acclaimed guitarist Pablo Marquez. His interest in contemporary music gave him the opportunity to collaborate with composers of great reputation such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Paulo Costa Lima Wellington Gomes, Leonardo Boccia and Paulo Rios Filho. Also dedicated to the study of early music João Carlos Victor has had a wide education with important musicians such as Peter Croton (lute professor at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis), Bettina Seeliger (harpsichord teacher at the Hochschule für Musik Luzern) and Julian Behr (lute teacher at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg). He attended special courses and masterclasses with Paul O’Dette (lute), Eduardo Egüez (lute), Marieke Spaans (harpsichordist, the last student of Gustav Leonhardt) and the duo Maccari-Pugliese (guitar duo specialising in music from the XIX century). Living nowadays in Basel, he continues his work with the modern guitar as well as his development dedicating himself to the study of the romantic guitar and early music.