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Marcos Vinicius
Guitarist, Teacher, Composer
A very original and unique
meeting with the guitar, just at
the age of eight years (he sow
“her” hanging on a rope into a
bazaar of Congonhas – Unesco
Property – that sold many kinds
of objects, and he remained
destiny as artist.
of the prestigious international competition “Villa Lobos”.
Marcos begins his brilliant
career as the very young winner
He has had the “Certificate of Merit” at the Chigiana Music Academy of Siena, Italy, being
the best pupil of Oscar Ghiglia.
Right from the start, he plays concerts all over the world, including: State of Vatican City,
Spain, Serbia, Montenegro, Mongolia, Ukraine, Austria, United Kingdom, Finland, Turkey,
Peru, Cyprus, Poland, Italy, Palestina, Israel, Yugoslavia, USA and China (where he is the
Artistic Consultant of the Xi’An Baroque School of Music, and where he was one of the
few performers at prestigious locations, like: Music Concert Hall into the National Library
of China, Music Concert Hall at Beijing University and Music Concert Hall in Ningbo) .
Also in Brazil , where he was born, he often teachs in many seminars and performs at
many festivals. In his Country he founded and directed the first magazine about the guitar
“Violao America” and the group “Belo Horizonte Guitar Ensemble”.
Among the most impressive locations where he has performed his recitals, there are the
Wigmore Hall in London and the Central Building of United Nations, in New York.
The prestigious publisher Carrara (distribuited by Schott Music) has dedicated to him a
special series, the “Marcos Vinicius Guitar Collection”, including several transcriptions
(Telemann, Rossini, Bach, Georg Haendel, Weiss, Sanz, Paganini, Penambuco), many
original compositions and technical guitar treatises.
He also gives cooperations in Italy with Pongo Classica, Rugginenti Editore, Preludio Music,
Sonitus; in Canada with Doz Productions; in Spain with Periferia Sheet Music.
Many radio and TV broadcasters in several countries (China, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Peru,
Canada, USA, Vatican City State) often devote to him special tv programs, about his
important role of music performer and composer: RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana,
Vatican Radio, the most popular asiatic program “Music Stories” on CCTV9 China, and
many others.
For its originality as a composer (not only for the guitar but also for wind and string
instruments, as well as for chamber music groups, duo and quartets) he has been
appointed with some important awards including “Premio Bolgheri Melody” (that has
been assigned also to Gianna Nannini and to the ex-president of Italy Carlo Azeglio
Ciampi) and “REA Award”, during the famous Sanremo Music Festival.
In 1992, thanks to the performance with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra of the
Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo (who to thank him, invited him personally in
his summer residence), he deserves the brazilian critic award as “Best Solo player 1992”.
In 2004, in Milan, he is protagonist in a Messa concert organized by the Brazilian Cultural
Institute to celebrate Ayrton Senna, his compatriot prematurely dead.
In 2010 he becomes testimonial for UN Organization and FAO. He makes his
performance in Gerico – the most ancient town in the world – in occasion of its 10,000
years age. And, after, at the United Nations Central Palace in New York, in front of the
Secretary Mr. Ban Ki Moon and FAO Director General Mr. Jacques Diouf.
In occasion of the International Food Day, he is invited as special guest to make a
performance together with Dee Dee Bridgwater, while Jeremy Irons is declared Goodwill
Ambassador, at the presence of Carl Lewis, Carla Fracci, Gina Lollobrigida, Pietro Mennea,
Nino Benvenuti, Céline Dion, Roberto Baggio. They all together were testimonials on the
radio – tv campaing in favour of FAO projects in the Horn of Africa.
Among the most important orchestra – cooperations, it must be mentioned the
“Pernambuco Symphony Orchestra, the “Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra”, the
“Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana” and the
“Kiev Symphony Orchestra” as well as his several outstanding performances in the main
towns in Brazil as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Olinda, Belém and
Florianopolis; in Turkey at the prestigious Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istambul.
Recently, fascinated by the vocality tone colour (he also sang as tenor when he was
young), he has composed a magnificent “Ave Maria”, for mix choir. This inspired piece of
music was the winner at the prestigious Vicktoria International Choir Exhibition Festival in
Kiev. After that, Vinicius continued to compose many others vocal works, like complete
Messa, Salve Regina, Magnificat, Anima Christi and others for voice.
Recently he received the prestigious award “The gifty of the Humanity” for his concerts
in support of human rights worldwide; and he is also one of few Honorary Members of
international Association “Stop Veils Shout Liberty”. He also received the Padre Pio Award
He is the President of the Classic Guitar Academy of Milan.
Diplomatic institutions have called him to represent Brazil at International EXPO 2015 in
He was the Artistic Director of the courses and teacher of basic and High Level courses to
the International Academy Of Music and Arts in Rome.
He is currently teaching at the Praeneste Music Academy in Rome and Palestrina.
He supports concerts and educational activities with a inexhaustible composer’s activity,
also for the cinema.
Among his admirers stand out: Joaquin Rodrigo, Julian Bream, Dan Siegel, Riccardo Chailly,
Ennio Morricone.