Carlos Barbosa-Lima was born in 1944 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began studying the guitar at seven years of age. Five years later, Mr. Barbosa Lima made his concert debut in his native city and in Rio de Janeiro. He began recording while still in his teens and continued to appear regularly in concert on Brazilian television. His early studies were with Isaias Savio, who is considered, the father of the modern Brazilian guitar movement, and later with the legendary Andres Segovia.
Since his United States debut in 1967, he has enjoyed a global concert career in which the public and music critics are united in acclaiming him one of the world's leading masters of the guitar.
Mr. Barbosa-Lima is widely recognized for his extraordinary skills as a performer and as an arranger of a wide variety of music from Scarlatti to Bobby Scott, from Gershwin to Antonio Carlos Jobim, from Cole Porter to Luiz Bonfá, from Debussy to Gaudencio Thiago de Mello, and Dave Brubeck and those in between. His inspired performances have catapulted him onto the world stage, and he released a string of wonderful albums on the Concord label during the 80s and 90s.
In 1997, Mr. Del Casale was introduced to Carlos Barbosa-Lima through their mutual friend, Puerto Rican composer Ernesto Cordero. After six years of assisting and learning the arrangements of Barbosa-Lima, Del Casale and Barbosa-Lima debuted as a duo at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2003. Since then, Del Casale has assisted Barbosa-Lima in concert as his duo partner. In 2010, they were guest performers on WNYC’s SoundCheck with host John Schaefer, and a few days later they appeared for a third time at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
In 2012, Barbosa-Lima and Del Casale recorded the Micropiezas by Leo Brouwer for a ZOHO record label release. Both guitarists also performed in New York, France, Italy and Germany. In 2013 the all-Brouwer recording Beatlerianas, featuring Barbosa-Lima, the Grammy Award-winning Havana String Quartet, and Del Casale received a Latin Grammy nomination.
Del Casale is a graduate of The Mannes College of Music where he studied under the eminent Albert Valdes-Blain and later with guitar virtuoso, Michael Newman. He is also a contributing author for Classical Guitar magazine.
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