The Brasil Guitar Duo, winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its "maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity," is equally at home on a classical or a world-music series. Its innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a global touring schedule and a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings.
An eager advocate for both traditional and new concerti for two guitars and orchestra, the Duo premiered a Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra by Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati in 2012 with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Giancarlo Guerrero. Recent engagements include concerts with the Dallas and Houston symphony orchestras, Ohio's Dayton Philharmonic and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.
The Duo's first CD, in 2007, was Bom Partido, a CAG Records release featuring all Brazilian repertoire. Two critically acclaimed Naxos CDs, released in 2008 and 2009, contain the complete works for two guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Its latest CD, on the Avie label, is a collaboration with flutist Marina Piccinini that features all of J.S. Bach's sonatas for flute and harpsichord, as arranged by the Duo for flute and two guitars.
In 2013 they released a CD featuring the music of great Brazilian master Edu Lobo. The Duo will launch in 2014 two of their life long projects: The complete works for two guitars of Leo Brouwer recorded for Naxos and an album featuring the music of Egberto Gismonti.
Duo members João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for more than seventeen years. The Duo's primary studies were with Henrique Pinto along with Fabio Zanon, Paulo Martelli, Sergio Abreu, and Alice Artz. Douglas Lora earned his Master's degree at the University of Miami, and João Luiz at New York’s Mannes College the New School for Music and has a Doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music. Luiz is head of the guitar department at the State University of New York at Purchase and also teaches guitar at New Jersey City University.
For the past 17 years playing as a duo, one of our main concerns was always sound projection and quality. Most of our concerts are without amplification and we rely on the combination of two essential factors: A good instrument and a good set of strings. For that we're proud of having two amazing guitars made specially for us by the Brazilian luthier Sergio Abreu and the strings Augustine Regal Blue with its unique variety of color and sustain. Augustine strings suit our instruments extremely well, and for almost 20 years we've been using them exclusively on all of our concerts and recordings.
- Joao Luiz & Douglas Lora, members of The Brasil Guitar Duo