Luiz is a doctoral researcher investigating the six woodwind and guitar sonatas of Ferdinand Rebay.
A winner of the Pro Musicis International Award (New York, 2001), Luiz Mantovani has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in some of the most important concert venues of his native Brazil and abroad. His performance of Walton’s Five Bagatelles in Weill Hall/Carnegie Hall was described by The New York Times as 'powerful, beautifully shaped and just practically flawless'.
A keen chamber musician, from 2004 to 2015, Luiz was a member of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, one of world’s most sought-after guitar ensembles, with which he performed extensively in four continents. With them, he has recorded three CDs for Delos International, including a 2011 Latin Grammy winner for Best Classical Album dedicated to the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos.
In 2016 he founded the NOVA Guitar Duo with German guitarist Nelly von Alven, an ensemble which explores the unique repertoire only made possible by the unusual combination of the traditional and the 8-string guitar, also known as 'Brahms-guitar'. The duo has quickly earned a distinctive reputation in the UK, having performed in such venues as Wigmore Hall, St. John Smith's Square and the Buxton Festival.
Luiz Mantovani is currently a CAPES sponsored Doctoral student at the Royal College of Music in London, under the main supervision of Dr Natasha Loges. The first guitarist to receive the prestigious Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, he holds a Master’s degree with honors from NEC and a Bachelor’s degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His guitar teachers were David Leisner, Nicolas Barros and Antônio Guedes. In addition to his performance career, Luiz Mantovani teaches guitar and chamber music at the State University of Santa Catarina, in Florianópolis, Brazil.
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