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Kiko Loureiro
Loureiro performing with Megadeth in 2016
Loureiro performing with Megadeth in 2016
Background information
Birth namePedro Henrique Loureiro
Born (1972-06-16) 16 June 1972 (age 52)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Years active1988–present
Formerly of

Pedro Henrique "Kiko" Loureiro (Portuguese: [loˈɾejɾu]; born 16 June 1972) is a Brazilian guitarist. He has been a member of several heavy metal bands, including Angra and Megadeth.


Loureiro began studying music and playing acoustic guitar at age 11. He studied with two famous Brazilian musicians: Pedro Bueno and Mozart Mello. Inspired by various artists, including Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Randy Rhoads, he moved to the electric guitar at 13 and by 16 had already joined two bands, Legalize (with Edu Mello on vocals, Dennis Belik on bass and Alja on drums) and A Chave, and was playing in nightclubs in São Paulo. At 19, he co-founded Brazilian power metal band Angra.[1]

Due to the increase in popularity of power metal, Loureiro has become quite successful, both playing in Angra and as a solo artist.

In addition to his rock/metal achievements, Loureiro has also played guitars on several eurobeat songs in collaboration with Dave Rodgers, including "Fevernova", "Ring of Fire" and "The Road Is on Fire".

On 2 April 2015, it was announced that Loureiro had joined the American thrash metal band Megadeth, replacing Chris Broderick.[2]

On 12 February 2017, Loureiro, along with Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson and Chris Adler, won the "Best Metal Performance" Grammy Award for the Megadeth song "Dystopia" at the 59th Grammy Awards.[3]

In March 2022, Loureiro made public The Kiko Loureiro Guitar Academy,[4] an online school offering guitar courses. Loureiro began hosting a mentorship program the same year.[5]

Loureiro performed and co-wrote songs on Megadeth’s 2022 release The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!, which received critical appraisal.[citation needed]

Loureiro announced in September 2023 that he would be taking a break from Megadeth.[6] On 19 November 2023, Loureiro announced that he was extending his break into 2024,[7] later confirming his exit from Megadeth in a podcast interview on 28 November.[8]

Musical style[edit]

Loureiro is known for his technical skill on the guitar, frequently incorporating such techniques as two handed tapping, sweep picking (full swept arpeggios), alternate picking, hybrid picking, artificial and natural harmonics and combining legato and staccato in the same run or phrase. He is also well known for both his instructional and demonstration videos as well as for writing columns for and appearing on the cover of magazines Cover Guitarra, Guitar & Bass, and Young Guitar.

Despite being a right-handed guitarist, Loureiro is naturally left-handed. As such, he spends most of his pre-warmups focusing on his right-hand techniques.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Loureiro married Finnish pianist and keyboardist Maria Ilmoniemi in 2011. The two met during Loureiro's tenure in Tarja Turunen's Storm World Tour in 2008. Their first daughter, Livia, was born on 29 September 2011. On 21 November 2016, they welcomed twins Dante and Stella.[10] The family moved to Finland in 2020.[11]

Loureiro is a vegetarian. He has tried being a vegan in the past but he switched to vegetarianism after six months.[12]


Loureiro (right) with Megadeth in 2016


Video lesson and instructional

  • Guitarra Rock (1993)
  • Os Melhores Solos e Riffs do Angra (2003)
  • Tecnica e Versatilidade (2003)
  • Guitarra Tecnica Para Iniciantes (2009)
  • Rock Fusion Brasileiro (2009)
  • Creative Fusion (2010)




Neural Code[edit]

  • Neural Code (2009)

Paco Ventura[edit]

  • Black Moon (2015) - On the song "Arabestia"



  1. ^ www.jduartedesign.com, Joao Duarte-J. Duarte Design-. "Biography". Archived from the original on 22 June 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "MEGADETH Wins 'Best Metal Performance' GRAMMY Award". Blabbermouth.net. 12 February 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Kiko Loureiro Guitar Academy". 18 December 2023.
  5. ^ Greyson, Christine (10 August 2023). "Kiko Loureiro: Pushing Limits and Forging A Community". Elevar Magazine. Retrieved 18 December 2023.
  6. ^ Madarang, Charisma (6 September 2023). "Megadeth's Kiko Loureiro Pulls Out of Tour, Temporary Replacement Announced". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 November 2023.
  7. ^ Trapp, Philip (20 November 2023). "Megadeth Guitarist Kiko Loureiro Extends His Absence From the Band". Loudwire. Retrieved 25 November 2023.
  8. ^ "KIKO LOUREIRO Opens Up About His Decision To Leave MEGADETH". Blabbermouth.net. 29 November 2023. Retrieved 29 November 2023.
  9. ^ Reverb.com. "Reverb Interview: Kiko Loureiro of Megadeth & Angra Talks Ibanez and Pre-Show Warmups". YouTube. Archived from the original on 12 December 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  10. ^ Blabbermouth (21 November 2016). "MEGADETH Guitarist KIKO LOUREIRO Welcomes Twins With Finnish Wife". BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
  11. ^ Tuohinen, Petteri (6 September 2023). "Suomalaiskitaristi liittyy metalliyhtye Megadethiin". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Archived from the original on 7 September 2023. Retrieved 7 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Steve Vai, Vegetarian and Stop Making Excuses - Q&A #17 %7C YouTube". YouTube. Archived from the original on 12 December 2021.

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Preceded by Megadeth lead guitarist
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