PAULO BELLINATI (b 1950 )
Coming from a long and rich tradition of guitar composers from Brazil, Paulo Bellinati is a true ambassador for the guitar in his country, and continues the legacy of João Pernambuco, Anibal Augusto Sardinha aka Garoto, Dilermando Reis, and Baden Powell, to name a few.
His work as a composer, guitarist, and researcher has been crucial to the global promotion of the various Brazilian rhythms for guitar. Bellinati has composed dozens of works for solo guitar and guitar ensembles, and among his greatest accomplishments are the revival and the publication of guitar music by Garoto (an important Brazilian guitarist whose pre-bossa nova impact was neglected after his premature death).
Paulo Bellinati graduated from the conservatory of São Paulo, where he studied classical guitar with Isaias Sávio. He later continued his musical studies in Switzerland at the Conservatory of Geneva. He then taught at the conservatory of Lausanne and also studied with Abel Carlevaro and Oscar Cáceres.