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Carlos Barbosa-Lima has long been a masterful interpreter of a wide range of melodic music. A brilliant acoustic guitarist, Barbosa-Lima gives taste and feeling to works that range from Gershwin to Bach, Jobim to Debussy. Although not an improviser, Barbosa-Lima has been featured on an extensive series of recordings for Concord's Concerto and Picante subsidiaries. A native of Brazil, Barbosa-Lima began studying the guitar when he was seven. Among his teachers were the influential Brazilian guitarist Isaias Savio and Andrés Segovia. While still a child, he was performing in public and he made his recording debut when he was just 12. He first toured the United States in 1967, and during 1971-1972 Barbosa-Lima performed in London and New York, gaining a worldwide reputation. He lived in New York for quite a few years before settling in Puerto Rico. Barbosa-Lima's tasteful yet virtuosic control of the guitar has resulted in consistently delightful solo recitals for Concord Concerto that appeal to a wide audience. His releases have found him exploring the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Luiz Bonfá, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein (songs from West Side Story), and a variety of lesser-known Brazilian composers.
Antonio Carlos Ribeiro Barbosa Lima (born 17 December 1944) is a Brazilian guitarist born in São Paulo. He devotes most of his time as a recitalist on international concert tours and regularly appears as a soloist with numerous major orchestras.
Early development 
Born on 17 December 1944 in São Paulo, Brazil, Barbosa-Lima grew up in the Brooklyn district of the city. He states that he began playing the guitar aged seven.
Barbosa-Lima recalls that his father, Manuel Carlos, had hired a music instructor to teach him how to play the guitar. The guitar lessons were then transferred from the father to the son, and the child became known in the neighborhood as a prodigy. After two years of lessons with Benedito Moreira, the young man was introduced to Brazilian guitarist composer Luiz Bonfá, at the time one of the leading musicians in the field. Under the strong recommendation of Bonfa, the young Carlos was directed to the father of the classical guitar school of Brasil, Isaias Savio. At the behest of family friends and musical acquaintances, and with the firm support of his parents, the young Carlos publicly debuted at a solo concert hall appearance (in São Paulo) in November, 1957, when he was twelve years old.
The immediate rave reviews and enthusiastic public acclaim led to a subsequent invitation for the young guitarist to make his concert debut in Rio de Janeiro, at the time capital of Brazil, preceded by his television debut on a variety style TV show that featured young, up and coming Artists. This was March 1958, Barbosa-Lima was thirteen. These two public appearances led to a recording contract with the then up and coming Chantecler label, initially part of the RCA Brasil group. The LP recording, called "Dez Dedos Magicos Num Violão De Ouro" was released in June 1958, when he was 13 years old.
In 1960 Barbosa-Lima began life on the road, which continues extensively till this day. Trips to Montevideo, Uruguay, and eastern Brazil became common place. In 1967 at the age of 23, Barbosa-Lima made his American debut in Washington, D.C. Excellent reviews followed and Barbosa-Lima's concert career expanded across the United States, Central and South America. Barbosa-Lima was now making his own arrangements for guitar and in 1964 he released an album of arrangements by the popular Brazilian songwriter, Catullo. Close friends of Barbosa-Lima at the time heard these arrangements and encouraged the guitarist to continue on the path of arranging for the guitar.
Professional life 
In 1967 Barbosa-Lima gave his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (then known as Carnegie Recital Hall). This concert was met once again with excellent reviews and truly launched the career of the young guitarist onto the global concert stage where he remains to this day. 1968 marked the year that Barbosa-Lima would travel to Madrid, Spain, to play for Andrés Segovia. Upon his return from Spain in 1970 Barbosa-Lima gave a concert in New York's Town Hall. At the conclusion of this concert Barbosa-Lima was approached by Harold Shaw and Shaw Concerts who offered Barbosa-Lima a steady stream of concert dates within the United States. With the heavy concert schedule and Master classes now available to him through Shaw Concerts Barbosa-Lima took a teaching position at Carnegie Mellon University (1974–1978). It was during this time that Barbosa-Lima's reputation as a world class guitarist began to blossom and composers began writing works for him. One very important composer of this time was Alberto Ginastera who composed the Sonata for guitar, op. 47 for Barbosa-Lima. The later end of the decade (1977) saw Barbosa-Lima perform Francisco Mignone's Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
As the 1980s began Barbosa-Lima moved to New York City (1981) and took a teaching post at the Manhattan School of Music. Once in New York Barbosa-Lima began to perform with Jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd. Upon hearing Barbosa-Lima's arrangements Mr. Byrd immediately arranged for Barbosa-Lima to meet and perform for Carl Jefferson (the owner of Concord records). Carl Jefferson signed Barbosa-Lima and eleven recordings were to follow on the Concord Jazz label. In 1982 Barbosa-Lima made frequent contact with fellow Brazilian, Antônio Carlos Jobim, one of the world's most popular composers of all time. Barbosa-Lima would often meet him at Jobim's upper east side apartment in New York City for impromptu jam sessions. It was out of these sessions that came the recording Carlos Barbosa-Lima plays Music by Antônio Carlos Jobim and George Gershwin a crossover CD before the word was popular. Jobim was immediately impressed with Barbosa-Lima's arranging technique for guitar which Barbosa-Lima describes as "multi-linear" basically meaning several voices moving at once like classical guitar technique. At the time of their meetings Jobim was more familiar with the Brazilian guitar technique which utilized a "block chord" technique as Jobim himself used. "...Barbosa-Lima brings an ear attuned to counterpoint and technique that gives each independent line its own voice. His transcriptions find and define every moving part, in bossa novas and countermelodies together as he does in Gershwin, he sounds like a team of guitarists". And in keeping with Barbosa-Lima's multi-linear technique the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer has said; "...when unknowingly I [Brouwer] walked by a hotel room and heard guitar music I thought I was listening to a guitar duo and then suddenly recognized the music and realized it was Barbosa-Lima playing solo. If I weren't a guitar player and guitar composer who noticed a mistake by one of the violinists during a rehearsal of a seventy-member orchestra my confusion could be justified. I believe that Carlos Barbosa-Lima is a genius of transcriptions of Latin American music for guitar."
Currently Barbosa-Lima records for the Zoho music record label and has released five recordings under this label and the direction of Barbosa-Lima's recordings as well as his concert programing have a definite Latin American concept. In April, 2010 Barbosa-Lima celebrated the release of his fiftieth recording release, Merengue (Zoho Music, CD 200911) at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Carlos Barbosa-Lima's unique style integrates classical, Latin, and jazz. His discography extends over forty releases and over fifty years. He currently records for the Zoho label.
Due to his first recording (age 13) having been made in 1958, when the recording industry had not yet gone digital, the initial recordings were all on analog media, primarily 45rpm, 78 rpm, and LP disks, along with cassette tapes. A long-term relationship with Concord Records developed in 1982, and it began on analog media, taking the recording process into the digital age with CDs. When Concord changed its focus, Barbosa-Lima developed a new partnership with the New York based Zoho label in 2001 beginning with his recording Frenesi (Zoho 200408).
Teaching Manhattan School of MusicJuilliard School of MusicRichard Miller-PhD thesis on "Choros" (Catholic University - Washington, D.C.)Royal College of Music, London UKRegularly conducts master classes worldwideChristopher Coats-MA thesis on Barbosa-Lima's transcribing and arranging for guitar "Keyboard Translations by Guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima: The Evolution from Transcriber to Arranger" (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu. )2003.Adjudication international guitar compositions: 1981 = Paris (France), 1992 = NewOrleans (USA), 1996 = New York "Naumburg", 2001 = Mexico City (Mexico), 2002 = Alessandria (Italy), 2009 = Almeria (Spain).
Music for Guitar and Orchestra, Various Categories:Concierto de Aranjuez Joaquín RodrigoFantasia para un gentilhombre Joaquín RodrigoConcierto Antillano Ernesto CorderoConcierto del Sur Manuel PonceConcerto no. 1 Mario Castelnuovo-TedescoCapricio Diabolico Mario Castelnuovo-TedescoConceertino no. 1 Guido SantorsolaConcertino no. 2 (dedicated to CBL) Guido SantorsolaConcerto Heitor Villa-LobosA Lenda do Caboclo (arr. by ByronYasui) Heitor Villa-LobosConcerto (dedicated to CBL) Francisco MignoneConcerto de Copacabana Radanies GnattaliPiccola Arieta no. 2 Byron YasuiRhapsody in Blue (arr. by CBL ) George GershwinConcierto en modo frigio Eduardo GrauEloise and Abelard (dedicated to CBL) Bobby ScottClio (dedicated to CBL) Bobby ScottFrom Yesterday to Penny Lane (arr. Brouwer) Paul McCartney/John LennonConcertino da California Albert HarrisSuite Retratos Radanes GnattaliConcerto (viola brasileira) (ded. to CBL) Theodoro NogueiraO Boto (arr. by Byron Yasui) Antônio Carlos JobimSaudade do Brasil (arr. Paulo Jobim) Antônio Carlos JobimMeu amigo Radames (arr. Paulo Jobim) Antônio Carlos JobimConcerto (orig. harp—arr. by CBL) George Frederic HandelConcerto (orig. no. 5 harpsichord arr. CBL) Johann Sebastian BachModinha (arr. Bobby Scott) Francisco MignoneAmazonia (arr. CBL) Laurindo Almeida
Classical European Fifteen Sonatas by Domenico ScarlattiSonata no. 2 (orig. violin) by Johann Sebastian BachSuite (orig. for harpsichord) by George Frederic HandelSix Lute Pieces by Silvius Leopold Weiss
French Impressionistic music Several pieces by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, and Gabriel Fauré.
Iberian Several pieces by Isaac Albéniz & Enrique Granados
Caribbean and Mexico Works by Ernesto Lecuona, Rafael Hernández, César Almodóvar, Enric Madriguera, Agustín Lara, Alberto Dominguez, Álvaro Carrillo, Rubén Fuentes.
Brasil Pieces by Antônio Carlos Jobim, Alfredo da Rocha Viana Filho Pixinguinha, along with pieces by Luiz Bonfá, Noel Rosa, Ary Barroso, Ernesto Nazareth, Catullo do Paixao Cearense.
North American Many arrangements of music composed by Mason Williams, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Dave Brubeck, Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin, and several that incorporate American folk songs.
International transitional styles Music from Scandinavian countries and several pieces by Kurt Weill have been arranged, with other, more well-known pieces such as "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" (from Evita) by Andrew Lloyd Webber; "Send In the Clowns" by Stephen Sondheim, "Nuages" by Django Reinhardt, "Summer of '42", by Michel Legrand, and "Memory" (from Cats), by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Original music written for or dedicated to Carlos Barbosa-Lima "Fantasy On A Hawaiian Lullaby", by Byron Yasui, based on "Pupu Hinu Hinu" by Nona Beamer,Several other pieces by Byron Yasuiworks by Leo Brouwer, Manuel Ponce, Guido Santorsola, Isaias Savio, Antonio Lauro, Alberto Ginastera, Ernesto Cordero, Julio Cesar Oliva, Gentil Montaña, Abel Carlevaro, Diego Legrand, Carlos Payes.pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Francisco Mignone, Radamés Gnattali, Laurindo Almeida, Paulo Bellinati, Mauricio Carrilho, Carlos Gomez, Oscar Fernandez.pieces by Bobby Scott, including solos, chamber music, guitar and chamber orchestra pieces.
Influence of teachers Manuel Carlos Barbosa-Lima (father and best mentor/character formation)Isaias Savio, fundamentals; guitar mentor; the big picture; stage presenceAndrés Segovia—shaping technique and expressionTheodoro Nogueira, composer—arranging music for guitarGuido Santorsola, composer—mentor; focus on the big picture later stages
Books and monographs written 1984 BelwinMills Music of Scott Joplin (subsequently Warner Brothers)1993 Mel Bay Master Anthology of Blues Guitar Solos (Volume I) (Book/CD)1993 Warner Bros Music of Isaac Albéniz (Music book/CD)1994 Mel Bay Brazilian Music for Acoustic guitar (Two Volumes)1995 Warner Bros. Music of Debussy & Ravel1996 Mel Bay Suite Antilliana; composed by Ernesto Cordeiro (Book/CD)1997 Mel Bay Brazilian Jazz Guitar Styles (BookCD)1998 Mel Bay 30 Short Pieces For Guitar (Book/CD)1999 Mel Bay Arpreggio Studies For Guitar (Book/CD)
Guitar Solo Publications (GSP): Arrangements by Carlos Barbosa-LimaThree American Folk Songs ( for voice & guitar; solo guitar)Four Pieces by Luiz BonfáSix Pieces by Dave BrubeckEleven Immortal Songs by Catullo da Paixao CearenseSamba Chorado by Thiago de MelloNine Pieces by Antônio Carlos JobimSeven Valsas de Esquina by Francisco MignoneFour Pieces by Ernesto Nazareth (two guitars)Eight Pieces by Alfredo Viana "Pixinguinha"Four Pieces by Alfredo Vianna "Pixinguinha" (for two guitars)Impressions-Eleven Pieces by Faure, Ravel, Debussy, SatieTwelve Modinhas-by various authors
Columbia Music Company (CMC): Arrangements by Carlos Barbosa-LimaSonatas by Domenico Scarlatti (orig. harpsichord)Sonata No.2 (orig. violin) by Johann Sebastian BachSuite (orig. harpsichord) by George Frederic HaendelConcerto For Guitar & String Orchestra (orig. harp) by George Frederic HaendelSix Lute Pieces by Sylvius Leopold WeissCadiz by Isaac AlbénizCórdoba by Isaac AlbénizSpanish Dances No. 3 & 6 by Enrique Granados
Original Works by Various Authors Edited by Carlos Barbosa-LimaTwelve Etudes by Francisco Mignone (dedicated to Barbosa-Lima)Suite by Leonardo BaladaSonatina by Albert HarrisPartita by John Duarte (dedicated to Barbosa-Lima)Valsa-Choro by Guido Santorsola (dedicated to Barbosa-Lima)
Warner Brothers: Arrangements by Carlos Barbosa-LimaMusic by Scott Joplin—10 PiecesMusic by Isaac Albéniz—5 Pieces (w/CD)Music by Debussy and Ravel—5 Pieces (w/CD)
Boosey and Hawkes:Sonata Op.47 by Alberto Ginastera (dedicated to Barbosa-Lima)Two Dances from "Suite de Danzas Criollas" (arranged by Barbosa-Lima)
Ricordi BrasileiraSuite Antiga (5 pieces) by Guido Santorsola (edited by Barbosa-Lima)
Global performance reviews and newspaper articlesClassical Guitar Magazine (UK)Gendai Guitar Magazine (Japan)Soundboard Guitar Magazine (USA)
Videos1964 Vereda da Salvacao Motion Picture Soundtrack (with Viola Brasileira)1983 Deal of the Century Motion Picture Soundtrack1984 Private Label Selected Solos DVD (hosted by Antônio Carlos Jobim)1997 Private Label Estrada do Sol (VHS/DVD)1999 Mel Bay VHS Favorite Guitar Solos (DVD released 2001)2001 Mel Bay DVD Classic Guitar DVD Anthology