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Uploaded on Oct 30, 2008

The Brasil Guitar Duo performing Astor Piazzolla's 'Zita' in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Classical Guitar Magazine exclaims: "The maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity ...is simply outstanding." in describing the Brasil Guitar Duo, winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Equally at home on a Classical or a World Music series, the Duo's innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a full global touring schedule and numerous critically acclaimed recordings.

The Brasil Guitar Duo's 2010-11 US tours include recitals in 15 states across the country, and just some of the highlights include a return engagement with the New York City Classical Guitar Society at Baruch College, and debut performances for San Francisco's Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts, Guitar Houston, the Macon Concert Association and at Strathmore Performing Arts Center in Maryland. International highlights include the Gliwice International Guitar Festival in Poland.

A favorite of summer festivals, the Brasil Guitar Duo made its debut at the Aspen Festival in July 2010, in a special collaborative program with CAG alumnae flutist Marina Piccinini. Previous summers have included concerts at New York's River to River Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, Stowe Summer Music Festival (VT), Lancaster Festival (OH), and abroad, the Bermuda Guitar Festival, Two Moors Festival (OK), Tirol's Outreach Festival (Austria) and Sao Paulo's Campos do Jordão International Festival (Brazil).

In the recording studio, the Brasil Guitar Duo's debut for the Naxos label features two CDs of the complete works for two guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the first of which was released in 2008 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the composer's death, and the latest was released in June 2009. Just one of many stellar reviews includes the American Record Guide, which said: "It would be hard to imagine a better performance...This is wonderful music played at the highest interpretive level." Previously, the Duo's first CD of all-Brazilian repertoire, Bom Partido, was released in August 2007 on CAG Records and is now in its third printing. Their latest release features the complete Bach Flute Sonatas with flutist Marina Piccinini (Avie).

Eager advocates for both traditional and new concerti for two guitars and orchestra, the Duo's recent concerto performances include with the Dallas and Houston Symphony Orchestras, Dayton Philharmonic, Lancaster Symphony (OH) and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas at Columbia University's Miller Theatre.

Recent featured New York City recital engagements include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY Guitar Seminar at Mannes College, Symphony Space and Joe's Pub. In addition, they have performed for the Orange County (CA) Performing Arts Center, Lied Center (University of Kansas), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Chicago, Spivey Hall, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Purdue University Convocations,
Daytona Beach International Festival, Virginia Arts Festival, CityFolk Festival in Dayton, OH, the Santa Barbara Symphony's Guitar Festival and for Miami Guitar Festival and the Asociacion Nacional de Conciertos in Panama City and the Classical Guitar Societies of St. Louis, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Tucson and Upstate New York.

The Duo appears frequently in conjunction with CAG's highly regarded New Music/New Places initiative, performing in diverse non-traditional spaces. Just some of the venues who have hosted the duo are: BAMcafé and Barbés Bar and Performance Space in Brooklyn; Long Island's Cinema Arts Centre; Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs; and Philadelphia's World Café Live. The Brasil Guitar Duo is perfectly suited for these non-traditional venues, having established a broad repertoire of classical guitar duos (Bach, Sor, Scarlatti, etc.) combined with the traditional music of its native land (choro samba, maxixe and baião).

João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for more than ten years, perfecting a sublime synchronicity and effortless performance style. The ensemble's primary studies were with Henrique Pinto along with Fabio Zanon, Paulo Martelli, Sergio Abreu and Alice Artz. Douglas Lora earned his Master's degree at the University of Miami as a student of Dr. Rene Gonzalez. João Luiz is pursuing his Master's degree at New York's Mannes College of Music studying with Michael Newman.

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