Full Biography

Considered by the German magazine Akustik Gitarre as a soloist of international standing, André Simão was awarded at the major music competitions in Brazil such as the First Prize at the Villa-Lobos Guitar competition (2004) among others. In Austria he was awarded the third Prize in the Chamber Music Guitar Competition Savarez-Corelli at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Since he was sixteen he has been performing as a soloist as well as in chamber music groups throughout South America, Europe and Asia, in cities such as Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Budapest, The Hague, Seoul, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In 2006, he recorded his first solo album, titled “Recital”, with works from Sylvius Leopold Weiss, Mauro Giuliani, Alexandre Tansman and the Brazilians Radamés Gnattali und Guerra-Peixe, which had received In 2006 he recorded his solo album entitled “Recital” which received excellent reviews in German and Brazilian magazines.

He was interviewed and had programs devoted to him in highly regarded radio broadcasts in Brazil, namely Radio Cultura FM in São Paulo (program The Brazilian Guitar, with Fábio Zanon), Radio Mec from Rio de Janeiro (program Music and musicians from Brazil, with Lauro Gomes) and in University of São Paulo (USP) Radio (program Guitar in concert times, with Edelton Gloeden).

Born in the city of Taubaté in 1980, André Simão started teaching himself how to play the guitar at age 9. In 1992 he initiated his musical studies at the Municipal School of Music in his hometown. He finished his bachelor’s degree in guitar studies in 2003 at the Universidade de São Paulo under the guidance of professor Edelton Gloeden, PhD. He was also Fabio Zanon’s student in Brazil. In the beginning of 2007 André Simão was given a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship for post-graduate program in Germany under the guidance of the guitarist Franz Hálasz. In Germany he also received a KAAD scholarship and, in 2010, he obtained the “Meisterklasse Diplom” from the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg, the highest academic title in the area of instrumental performance in Germany. In 2013 he held a Master Degree in Performance at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, where he wrote a thesis on the process of transcription for the guitar of Baroque composer Silvius Leopold Weiss’ music for lute. Between 2012 and 2013 he attended Paolo Pegoraro’s classes at the “Francisco Tárrega” Guitar Academy in Pordenone, Italy.

André Simão also perfected his artistic abilities attending several music festivals worldwide, where he played in masterclasses from classical guitarists on the international scene, such as: Leo Brouwer, Abel Carlevaro, David Russell, Pablo Marquez, Stefano Grondona, Pavel Steidl, Carlo Marchione, Ricardo Gallén, Marco Tamayo, Lorenzo Micheli, Paul Galbraith, Aniello Desiderio among others. In August of 2002, he received a scholarship to attend the “XLV Curso Universitário y Internacional Música en Compostela” in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and in 2008, he received another scholarship at the Minguet Quartett’s chamber music masterclass in Palazzo Ricci, in Montepulciano-Italy, where he performed as soloist the Mauro Giuliani Guitar Concert opus 30, with this remarkable german string quartet.

As a guitar teacher he taught in several institutions in Brazil, such as Universidade de São Paulo (Diffusion Cultural course) and at the Municipal School of Music in Taubaté. Currently he lives in Nuremberg where he develops his artistic career. He also teaches guitar classes at the Städtische Sing & Musikschule Erlangen as well as at the Musikinstitut Heroldsberg e.V.

Prizes

    • 6º. Savarez-Corelli Gitarre-Kammermusik Wettbewerb (6th Savarez-Corelli Guitar-Chamber Music Competition) – Universität Mozarteum Salzburg – Austria, 2011 – 3rd Prize.
    • “XLIV Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Francisco Tárrega” (XLIV Francisco Tárrega  International Guitar Competition) – Benicássim, Spain, 2010 – semifinalist.
    • 6º. Prêmio Nabor Pires Camargo (6th Nabor Pires Camargo Competitiion) – Indaiatuba, Brazil, 2007 – 1st Prize
    • I Concurso Internacional de violão Vital Medeiros (First International Vital Medeiros Guitar Competition) – Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, 2007 – 2nd Prize
    • I Concurso de Violão da Faculdade Cantareira (Cantareira College Guitar Competition) – São Paulo, Brazil, 2006 – 2nd Prize.
    • Francisco Mignone Young Interpreters Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005 – 3rd Prize (only guitarist awarded).
    • IX Concurso Nacional de Violão Musicalis (9th Musicalis National Guitar Competition) – São Paulo, 2005 – 2nd Prize
    • VII Concurso Nacional Villa-Lobos (Villa-Lobos National Competition) – Vitória, Brazil, 2004  – 1st Prize.
    • II Concurso Nacional de Intérpretes de Dilermando Reis (2nd Dilermando Reis National Guitar Competition) – Guaratinguetá, Brazil, 2003 – 1st Prize
    • Popular music category award in Projeto Nascente – Editora Abril and USP (Nascente Project – Abril Publishers and University of São Paulo – USP) – São Paulo, 2002.
    • Concurso Nacional “Cidade de Araçatuba” (National Chamber music competition City of Araçatuba) Brazil, 2001 – commendation.
    • Classical music category award in Projeto Nascente – Editora Abril and USP (Nascente Project – Abril Publishers and University of São Paulo – USP) – São Paulo, 1999.
    • Concurso Nacional de Violão Souza Lima (National Guitar Competition Souza Lima) – São Paulo, Brazil, 1998 – 1st Prize at the chamber music category.
    • Youth category  I Concurso Nacional de Violão Musicalis (Musicalis National Guitar Competition) – São Paulo, 1997 –  2nd. Prize – up to 17 years.