Brazilian guitar sensation Diego Figueiredo will perform in the Kirkham Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series.
Figueiredo is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. He is the winner of several important competitions, including the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize.
He has released over 19 albums to date, three DVDs and several instructional books. His music is a fusion between jazz, bossa nova and classical. His unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has created an explosion of adoring fans and concert goers.
Figueiredo was born in Franca, Brazil, in 1980. At the age of 4 he used to strike poses carrying his small guitar. At 6, he received a mandolin, which was kept in a very special place in his house. Diego played many instruments before choosing the electric guitar when he was 12. By the age of 15, he was playing theaters and clubs throughout Brazil, playing both solo and with many renowned Brazilian musicians.
For a number of years he played in several different groups including Banda Gênese and Squema Seis from Brasília. He has studied classical guitar, Brazilian popular music and jazz in several different conservatories including Franca, Ribeirão Preto, Tatuí and Berklee College of Music in the United States.
Tickets for the performance are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. They are available online at tickets.byui.edu or on school days from the University Store Ticket Office (496-3170).