Fabio Zanon

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Fabio Zanon
Fabio Zanon in 2015
Fabio Zanon in 2015
Background information
Birth nameFabio Pedroso Zanon
Born(1966-03-06)6 March 1966
Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brazil
GenresClassical music

Fabio Zanon is a Brazilian classical guitarist, conductor and teacher.


Born in Jundiaí in 1966, Zanon began his studies with his father and with guitar teacher Antonio Guedes. He graduated in music at the São Paulo University (USP), having studied with Edelton Gloeden and Henrique Pinto. In 1990, he continued his studies under Michel Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he obtained his master's degree in music in 1993, having also participated in Julian Bream's masterclasses.[1]

He won the 30th Francisco Tárrega Classical Guitar Competition in Spain[citation needed] and the 14th Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.[2] He received the Moinho Santista Award in 1997, the Carlos Gomes Award in 2005, the Bravo! Award in 2010 and was also nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2011 with the album OSESP - Francis Hime (Concerto para violão e orquestra) e Nelson Ayres (Concertino para percussão e orquestra).[3]

His debut with a major orchestra took place in March 1998, when he stepped in at short notice for a performance of Astor Piazzolla’s Guitar Concerto with the London Philharmonic. Since then, he has played with some of the world's major orchestras, and has offered masterclasses and lessons in over 40 countries.[4]

He is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.[5]

Since 2013 he is also the artistic-pedagogical coordinator of the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, where he has been teaching since 2005.[6]


  • Latin American Sonatas: Guastavino, Miranda, Ardévol, Ginastera, Fernandez, Fariñas EGTA, 1997
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos: The Complete Solo Guitar Works. Music Masters, 1997.
  • Guitar Recital: Tárrega, Bach, Faria, Mertz, Ponce. Naxos, 1998 (reedited in Italy: Seicorde, 2004).
  • Les Enfants du Siècle. Soundtrack by Luís Bacalov. Decca, 2000.
  • Tangos and Choros (with Marcelo Barboza, flute): Piazzolla, Gnatalli, Villa-Lobos, Pujol, Côrtes Meridian, 2002.
  • Jan van der Roost Trumpet and Guitar Concertos. Phaedra Records, 2004.
  • Domenico Scarlatti Sonatas. Musical Heritage, 2006.
  • Francis Hime and Nelson Ayres - OSESP: Nelson Ayres, Francis Hime, Fabio Zanon, John Neschling. Biscoito Fino, 2010 (nominated for the Latin Grammy 2011).
  • The Romantic Guitar: Schumann, Mendelssohn, Regondi, Bobrowicz, Coste, Liszt. Guitar Coop, 2015.
  • Spanish Music: Albeniz, Granados, Malats. Guitar Coop, 2016.
  • Americas. Guitar Coop, 2018.


  1. ^ "Meet our alumni". Royal Academy of Music. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  2. ^ "ICAC Past Winners". Retrieved 2023-08-25.
  3. ^ "12a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY". Latin GRAMMYs. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  4. ^ "Bio – fabio Zanon". GuitarCoop (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  5. ^ "Fabio Zanon". Royal Academy of Music. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  6. ^ "Festival de Inverno Campos do Jordão". Retrieved 2021-01-28.