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Foto taken by Paulo Rogério
for the CD "OCTOPUS Convida"
|Birth name||Edson Lopes|
|Born||July 23, 1957|
|Origin||São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Occupation(s)||composer, musical artist|
Graduated, since 1978, at the Conservatory of Musical and Dramatic Arts "Dr. Carlos de Campos" in Tatuí, SP (Brazil) at the course of classical guitar. In 2003, Edson Lopes received the title "Licentiate in Guitar Performance" by the "Trinity College".
He was the first prize winner in every guitar competition he entered, among them the "Young Instrumentalists Competition" (sponsored by "Rede Globo de Televisão") and the "1st National Guitar Competition" (sponsored by "Banco do Brasil"). In 1979, he participated in the XXII Course of "Musica en Compostela" - Spain, where under the supervision of Andrés Segovia's assistant José Tomás, he received the "most exceptional student" award and a full scholarship for the following year.
According to the guitarist Maria Luisa Anido, Edson Lopes is "an extraordinary guitarist, that surprised her for his technical reliability, instrumental domain, sonorous delicacy and his delightful interpretive technique".
Edson Lopes performed throughout Brazil as a soloist, in duos, trios and with orchestra. As an integrant of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, he performed in the cities of Houston, Dallas, Austin, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Albuquerque, Hollywood, Indianapolis, Washington DC, New York City among others. In 2005 the Quartet participated in the "33rd Arts Festival" in Hong Kong, in the "VII Internacional Guitar Festival" in Monterrey, Mexico and in 2006 in the "V International Guitar Festival" in the city of Aarhus, Denmark.
With the Quarteto Vivace Brasil (Flute, 2 Guitars e Percussion) he performed in tours throughout United States including the cities of New York, Boston, New Orleans and San Francisco receiving great reviews.
- Huerba (two guitars)
- Cantabile (four guitars)
- O Circo se foi (March) (guitar)
- Trio Opus 1 (two trombones and piano)
- Requintado (clarinet in Eb and piano)
- Canção Triste (guitar)
- Dancinha (guitar)
- Moto Perpetuo (guitar)
- Pequena Canção (guitar)
- Ligeirinho (Choro) (guitar)
- Tempo de Giga (guitar)
- Dois amigos (two guitars)
- 1984 Jesus, Alegria dos Homens (Solo)
- 1985 Prelúdio (Duo with Roberto Colchiesqui)
- 1986 Conscertando Chôro (Duo with Augusto Arruda)
- 1989 Violão e Louvor (Duo with Roberto Colchiesqui)
- 1997 Guitar in Praise (Solo)
- 1997 La Catedral (Solo)
- 1998 Diferentes Estilos (Solo)
- 2001 do Barroco ao Século XX (Solo)
- 2004 Vê se te Agrada (OCTOPUS – guitar ensemble)
- 2005 Iberia (Brazilian Guitar Quartet)
- 2006 OCTOPUS Convida (OCTOPUS – guitar ensemble)
- Edson Lopes home page, Biography
- Boston Guitar Society, Quarteto Vivace: Artists' biographies
- Conservatório de Tatuí, Staff biographies: Edson Lopes, Professor de Violão
- Del Nery, Angélica, "Lopes, Edson", Violões do Brasil, Editora Senac, 2007, p. 203