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João Luiz Rezende

Lecturer in Music

João Luiz Rezende, a highly trained and internationally acclaimed guitarist, is the head of the classical guitar program in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. As a performer and composer, Rezende is equally at home with classical, Brazilian, and world music. His solo guitar and guitar ensemble repertoire covers all the main works in the guitar literature, from Dowland to Carter and Brazilian rhythms from choro to baião. He is a founding member of the Brasil Guitar Duo, which won the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, and also performs with Quartenaglia, one of Brazil’s most important chamber music ensembles.

Rezende has recorded more than 10 CDs playing solo and in duo, trio, and quartet; all have featured his arrangements of classical or Brazilian works. As a soloist and teacher, he is on the faculty of important music festivals, such as Festival Eleazar de Carvalho and Santa Marcelina College in Brazil and the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes School of Music. In addition to his career as a performer, he writes guitar methods for beginners, designs the guitar curriculum, and trains instructors for an important music education initiative for underprivileged children, Guri Santa Marcelina, in São Paulo, Brazil.