Artist of the Month

Yamandú Costa

Guitar Magazine's Artist of the Month for April 2021 is considered one of the greatest geniuses of Brazilian music. Yamandú Costa is a guitarist, composer, and arranger, and with his unique compositions and his seven-string guitar, he engages audiences at every concert and with every album.
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Yamandú Costa’s Highlights

  • 1980:
    • Born in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
  • 1987:
    • Began his guitar studies under his father, Algacir Costa, the leader of the band Os Fronteiriços.
  • 1995:
    • Prêmio Califórnia da Canção Nativa (California of the Native Song Festival Award) in Uruguaiana, Rio Grande do Sul.
  • 1997:
    • Circuito Cultural Banco do Brasil debut in São Paulo, becoming one of the most recognized national talents.
  • 1998:
    • 25° Prêmio de Melhor Músico no Rio Grande do Sul (25th Best Musician Award in Rio Grande do Sul).
    • Prêmio Revelação na Música Instrumental do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (Award for Best New Artist in Instrumental Music from the State of Rio Grande do Sul).
  • 2001:
    • Album Yamandú wins the Prêmio Visa de Música Popular Brasileira, Edição Instrumental (Visa Brazilian Popular Music Award, Instrumental Edition).
  • 2002:
    • Album Yamandú wins the Prêmio Caras (current Prêmio da Música Brasileira — Brazilian Music Award) in the 2001 Best New Artist category.
    • Through the Circuito Cultural Banco do Brasil, he toured his country’s capitals.
  • 2004:
    • Album El Negro del Blanco wins the Prêmio TIM (current Prêmio da Música Brasileira) in the Best Instrumentalist category.
  • 2005:
    • Appearing in the documentary Brasileirinho (Mika Kaurismaki) about choro music, bringing him to the international scene.
  • 2007:
    • Théâtre des Champs-Elysées debut in France; Orchestre national de France (Kurt Masur).
    • WOMEX — Worldwide Music Expo Seville debut in Spain.
  • 2008:
    • Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Roberto Minczuk) debut.
    • Festival de Vancouver debut in Canada.
  • 2009:
    • Orchestre de Paris (Kristjan Järvi) debut.
  • 2010:
    • Venezia Jazz Festival at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy.
    • Cosmopolite Scene Oslo debut in Norway.
    • Maestros en Guitarra Series at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
    • Album Luz de Aurora wins the Prêmio da Música Brasileira in the Best Instrumental Album and Best Soloist categories.
    • Album Luz de Aurora is nominated for the Latin Grammy in the Best Instrumental Album category.
    • Premiere of the Yamandú Costa’s Suite Passeios with the Chamber Orchestra of the Theatro São Pedro in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and accordionist Bebê Kramer.
    • Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (Roberto Minczuk) debut.
  • 2011:
    • Europalia International Arts Festival debut in Belgium; Belgian National Orchestra (Roberto Minczuk).
    • Kriol Jazz Festival in Praia, Cape Verde.
    • Brucknerhaus debut in Linz, Austria.
    • OFFest Skopje debut in Macedonia.
    • Teatro Villaret Lisboa debut in Portugal.
  • 2012:
    • Music, Wine and Fashion Festival debut at the Dvorana Union in Maribor, Slovenia.
    • Guitar Art Festival Belgrade, debut in Serbia.
    • HIFA — Harare International Festival of the Arts debut in Zimbabwe.
    • Tampere Guitar Festival debut in Finland.
    • Album Lida receives a Mention in the Premio Discográfico ALBA (Cuban Awards).
    • Album Mafuá wins the Premio Internacional Cubadisco (Cuban Awards).
  • 2013:
    • MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra (Kristjan Järvi) debut.
    • Teatro ND Ateneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    • Uppsala International Guitar Festival debut in Sweden.
    • Reading 3 Tel Aviv, debut in Israel.
    • Salle Pleyel Paris debut.
  • 2014:
    • La Nuit des Virtuoses Festival debut in Réunion.
    • Moscow International House of Music debut in Russia.
    • Adelaide Guitar Festival, Australia, with the Adelaide Art Orchestra (Brett Kelly).
    • Appearing in the documentary Dominguinhos (Eduardo Nazarian, Joaquim Castro, and Mariana Aydar) about this master of Brazilian music.
  • 2015:
    • Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Costa Rica debut.
    • Concert-presentation of new album Concerto de Fronteira with the Mato Grosso State Orchestra (Leandro Carvalho) in São Paulo, Brazil.
    • Orchestre de Paris (Alondra de la Parra); Yamandú Costa’s Concerto de Fronteira, Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, and Astor Piazzolla’s Double Concerto for Bandoneon, Guitar and String Orchestra, and Oblivion with Richard Galliano.
    • Kalunga Project in Luganda, Angola.
  • 2016:
    • Album Tocata à Amizade wins the Prêmio da Música Brasileira in the Best Instrumental Album category.
    • Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Manuel López-Gómez) debut in the Nederlands.
    • Gewandhaus Leipzig debut.
  • 2017:
    • Wins the Prêmio Profissionais da Música (Brazilian Music Professionals Award) in the Popular Instrumentalist, Instrumental Music, and Regional Roots Music categories.
    • Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (Alondra de la Parra) debut.
    • Argentine National Symphony Orchestra (Leandro de Carvalho) debut.
  • 2018:
    • Album Quebranto wins the Prêmio da Música Brasileira in the Best Instrumental Album and Best Soloist categories.
    • Albums Recanto and Borghetti Yamandu are nominated for the Latin Grammy in the Best Instrumental Album and Best Portuguese Language Album categories.
  • 2019:
    • Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra (Alondra de la Parra) debut.
    • Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (Risto Joost) debut.
    • Sony Hall New York, USA, debut.

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