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Paulo Oliveira

picture of guitar faculty Paulo OliveiraPaulo Oliveira is an active soloist, chamber musician, arranger, and educator who is equally at ease in the classical, jazz, and commercial worlds. Recently joined the guitar faculty at Belmont University, teaching applied guitar, groups seminars, and coaching ensembles. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Paulo has taught and performed in South America, Europe, and across the United States.

Mr. Oliveira has won awards in competitions both in Brazil and the United States including the Villa-Lobos Conservatory, Bruce Ekstrand Memorial, Emerging Artists-Missouri, Souza Lima Conservatory, and Middle Tennessee State University Competition. He has been awarded full scholarships to attend prestigious international festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and Campos do Jordão Winter Festival. He has appeared with Missouri Symphony’s Hot Summer Nights Pops Series. With the MU Concert Jazz Band, Mr. Oliveira performed and recorded with renowned musicians including Christian McBride, Jimmy Greene, John Clayton, Randy Brecker, Sean Jones, and Mike Manieri.

An avid chamber musician, Paulo formed the Oliveira-Willett Duo with oboist Dan Willett in 2012. Together they have performed and taught across the U.S.,  Brazil, and France.  The Duo’s first record, Two Hemispheres, is scheduled to be released early next spring. Two Hemispheres features original arrangements of works by American and Brazilian composers including works by Oliveira himself.  The repertoire exemplifies contrasts and pairings intrinsic to the Duo: two generations, two styles, two countries, two cultures – two hemispheres.

Currently, Paulo is a D.M.A. candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder, under the guidance of Nicolò Spera. Paulo holds degrees from University of Missouri Columbia, Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul, and Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo.  Paulo’s teachers and mentors include Lorenzo Michelli, Matteo Mela, Jonathan Leathwood, Sharon Isbin, Anthony Glise, Sean Hennessy, Arthur White, Henrique Pinto, Paulo Porto Alegre, Debora Gurgel, Conrado Paulino, and Luciano Moraes.

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