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Sérgio Assad

Guitarist & Composer

Sérgio Assad has long been one of the most recognised figures of the classical guitar world. Beginning as a virtuoso performer in a duo with his brother Odair, he quickly began enlarging the repertoire through extraordinary arrangements and transcriptions, and, in later years, developed a serious and vibrant voice as a composer. His works, always crafted with surprising insights gained from his technical abilities as a player, are frequently performed by guitarists around the world.

Assad won his first Latin Grammy Award in 2002 for the album Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla, and went on to win again in 2008 and was nominated twice in 2010 for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Assad was on the faculty of the Conservatoire Royal de Musique of Brussels from 1994–1996, the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University from 2003–2006, and is currently teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music