Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 | 8PM
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. MAP
$30 General admission | $25 seniors & Students
Paulo Martelli has been revolutionizing the guitar scene of his home country of Brazil at the same time that he has been establishing international recognition as an exceptional performer and prolific producer. He began studying guitar at the age of ten, under the guidance of Francisco Brasilino and Henrique Pinto, and later studied with legendary virtuoso Sérgio Abreu. He is currently faculty at the Municipal Music School of São Paulo (EMESP).
Winner of several international competitions and awards, Mr. Martelli has appeared as a soloist and with orchestras and chamber music ensembles in Brazil and abroad. He has released four albums acclaimed for their “perfection” (Classical Guitar Magazine, UK), “solid and brilliant technique” (Soundboard Magazine, USA), and “impeccable musicality” (Gendai Magazine, Japan).
In 2012, Paulo premiered Lendas Amazônicas, a fantasia concertante for two guitars and orchestra written by legendary Brazilian guitarist Marco Pereira, and recorded the première of this work live for SESCTV, performing alongside the composer. His interest and dedication to expanding the repertoire of the guitar has led numerous composers to dedicate new works to him, including Sérgio Assad, Geraldo Ribeiro, Douglas Lora, Marco Pereira, João Luiz Lopes and Mark Delpriora.
In recent years, Mr. Martelli has dedicated himself to becoming a master of the 11-string guitar, with a DVD being released in December of 2015. As a producer, Paulo Martelli created Movimento Violão, an international concert series that for over ten years has presented some of the world’s finest guitarists and showcased Brazil’s finest up-and-coming musicians. Each season of Movimento Violāo is broadcast nationwide on Brazilian television and released on CD and DVD, presenting artists with new standards of excellence while also producing an unparalleled archive for future generations. In 2011 Mr. Martelli premièred Movimento Violão in the United States with a solo performance at the Kennedy Center, which was webcast live and streamed over the internet on-demand.
Paulo Martelli has held the chair of the guitar department at the University of Ribeirão Preto, Brazil for several years. In 1999, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture awarded him the “Virtuoso Scholarship” that allowed him to develop studies in tablature systems at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. In 2000, he was a recipient of the Andrés Segovia Award, one of the highest honors in the field of classical guitar.
Paulo Martelli holds a Masters degree from Juilliard, Professional Studies Diploma from Manhattan School of Music and is pursuing his doctorate at UNESP in São Paulo, Brazil.