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, Mr Mantovani 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”. At ease both in the performance and research fields, he earned a PhD from the Royal College of Music in London by investigating the chamber sonatas of Austrian composer Ferdinand Rebay. 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