NOVA Guitar Duo Nelly von Alven Luiz Mantovani
A winner of the Pro Musicis International Award (New York, 2001), Luiz Mantovani has appeared 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”. An active chamber musician, Luiz was a member of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet for 11 years, with which he recorded three CDs, including the 2011 Latin Grammy winner BGQ plays Villa-Lobos. In 2019 he earned a PhD from the Royal College of Music in London by investigating the music of Austrian composer Ferdinand Rebay, and has recently premiered one of the composer’s solo sonatas in an exclusive video recording funded by the Hermann Hauser Guitar Foundation from Munich. The first guitarist to receive an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Luiz Mantovani also holds a Master’s degree 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. Since 2003, he teaches guitar and chamber music at the State University of Santa Catarina, in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Luiz Mantovani’s website: www.luizmantovani.com