Collegiate Faculty

SÉRGIO ASSAD, Guitar Ensemble

Sérgio Assad is widely considered one of the most popular and virtuosic guitarists in the world. His exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the best guitarists in South America. In addition to setting new performance standards, Assad, together with his brother Odair in the Assad Brothers Duo, has played a major role in creating and introducing new music for guitar. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them: Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnatalli, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger and Francisco Mignone. Now Assad is adding to their repertory by composing music for the duo and for various musical partners, from symphony orchestras to recitalists. The duo has worked extensively with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Fernando Suarez Paz, Paquito D'Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw.

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