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Brazilian to strum his stuff

Update: June, 16/2012 - 05:32

 

On song: Guitarist Fabricio Mattos will perform at the Viet Nam National Academy of Music on Monday night. — File Photo
HA NOI — Brazilian guitar virtuoso Fabricio Mattos will perform here on Monday, leading his group called Worldwide Guitar Connections in a programme of original compositions.

As part of Worldwide Guitar Connections, Mattos has toured the world and been a featured artists at festivals as well as a visiting teacher and lecturer at a number of institutions.

Born in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba, he began his musical studies at the age of six, studying musical theory with his father. At the age of 14, he was introduced to the guitar. In 2009, he toured in Brazil as part of the SESC-Sonora Brazil project, performing 83 concerts.

Mattos has received honours in a number of national and international competitions, including the Armando Prazeres Prize for Young Soloists of Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro, 2003), the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award (Worshipful Company of Musicians, London), the Picker Trust Award (Royal Academy of Music, London) and the Julian Bream Award.

Mattos is expected to arrive in Ha Noi tomorrow, and his Ha Noi concert is part of a Southeast Asian kicking off in Bangkok on Thursday. Free tickets can be picked up at the Brazilian embassy at 14 Thuy Khe Street. Mattos will travel on to Myanmar, where he will perform on June 22. — VNS

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