Barbosa–Lima, Carlos (1944–)

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Barbosa–Lima, Carlos (1944–)

The Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima began his studies at an early age, and by his early teens was an accomplished performer, appearing on television and radio as well as in concerts. He later studied with Isaias Sávio and the legendary Andrés Segovia. Since his American debut in 1967, he has enjoyed an active concert and recording career. Many important composers have written for Barbosa-Lima, including Alberto Ginastera, whose Sonata, Opus 47 the guitarist premiered. He has performed with many of the world's major orchestras, is a busy chamber musician, and is a constant participant in prestigious music festivals. Musically his tastes run from Bach through Joplin to contemporary composers, and he has performed and recorded music by such diverse Brazilian composers as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luiz Bonfá, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, among many others. Among his published transcriptions are works by Scarlatti, Bach, and Handel, and he has arranged works by Bernstein, Sondheim, Cole Porter, and many Brazilian classical and popular music composers. His discography comprises more than thirty-five recordings, including baroque, Beatles, and Brazilian music. For many years he was a professor at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and then a resident of Puerto Rico.

See alsoGinastera, Alberto Evaristo; Jobim, Antônio Carlos "Tom"; Music: Popular Music and Dance; Villa-Lobos, Heitor.


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                       Thomas George Caracas Garcia