Alvaro Henrique
Classical guitarist Alvaro Henrique connects audiences with emotions and stories that inspire change. Henrique’s programs include works played on early and modern instruments by composers such as Villa-Lobos, Scarlatti, Tárrega, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. Alvaro has worked with conductors Julio Medaglia, Ville Mankkinen, Angelo Cavallaro, and others. Recent projects include newly commissioned works focused on relevant social issues that spark audience discussion and debate.

CONCERTOS

Music and Politics
Two concerti examine relevant contemporary political and cultural issues.
Goldenbaum’s “May All Dictators Fall,” written in response to the Arab Spring, offers audiences new ways to consider democratic ideals. And J. Antunes “What Should We Do?” reverberates with the recorded sounds of police dislocating people in a favela and asks us all to consider the moral questions that privilege and wealth pose for the rest of society.

CONCERTOS

Brazil
Concertos for guitar and orchestra by several Brazilian composers, featuring Villa-Lobos (Concerto and Introduction to the Choros), R. Gnatalli (Concerto à Brasileira and Concerto de Copacabana), C. Soares (Concertino for Guitar and woodwinds, brass and percussion ensemble), J. Goldenbaum (Ode to Friendship for flute, guitar and orchestra, and the one mentioned above), Antunes, Ricardo Sousa-Castro (Concerto Homenagem a Villa-Lobos).
Recitals
Brasilia 50
Written in 2009, Brasilia 50 is a dynamic work for guitar and tape by Jorge Antunes that references explosive historical, political, and cultural events since 1960. Written for guitar and recorded audio, the work includes excerpts from a speech by JFK the year of his assassination to astronaut Neil Armstrong’s speech on reaching the moon, and the news of journalist Wladimir Herzog’s torture and death by the military dictatorship.
Recitals
Nostalgia and Longing
From patriotic anthems to love poems, from memorials for lost friends to wild dances, hear it all in works by Gottschalk and Manuel de Falla and 5 others, from 1892-2010. We meet our real selves — we find our homeland — in the range of emotions depicted.
Recitals
The Brazilian Guitar Celebration
Brazil has a long history of superb guitar playing and compositions—with the distinct flavor of its culture. This diverse program features works by some of country’s first guitar heros (Americo “Canhoto” Jacomino and Dilermando Reis) as well as the contemporary composers Baden-Powell and Pereira. The program is rounded out with special performances of works by Claudio Santoro (marking his 100th birth year) and by Villa-Lobos (in this, the 60th year of his death). Explore, connect, and celebrate the creative spirit.
Duo Mota Henrique
(INTER)NACIONALISMS

Concert with nationalistic music from Spain, Argentina and Brasil, with a masterpiece by J. S. Bach.

DUO WITH JAZZ PIANO TRIO

Piano, bass, drums

DVD
Guitar Through the Ages
The DVD Guitar Through the Ages (Violao de Todos os Tempos) tell the history of the guitar since the Babylon to the modern days, presenting music from the very first publication for a guitar-related instrument (El Maestro, by Luys Milan, printed on 1536), to the modern days, playied on a vihuela (15th Century), a Baroque Theorboed Guitar (18th Century), a Romantic Guitar (19th Century), and a Modern guitar. The recordings were made during outreach concerts in junior and high schools in Brasilia, Brazil. The DVD features a booklet telling the history of the guitar.
“Irmas Cajazeiras” competing at Brazil’s National Radio Music Festival 2018

  Irmãs Cajazeiras, music by Diana Mota, played by Diana Mota (flute), Alvaro Henrique (guitar) and Renato Vieira (percussion), is competing at the Brazil’s National Radio Music Festival 2018. On a recent “Nights from Pernambuco”, an annual party that takes place at the Choro Club of Brasilia, Diana Mota was after the show finished greeting […]

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He plays works by Villa-Lobos, Scarlatti,Tárrega and Guerra-Peixe as well as surprising transcriptions of works by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

As a soloist with orchestra, Henrique has performed in Brazil with the Orquestra do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro and the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro’s String Orchestra, as well as in Finland with the Vaasa Sinfonietta. He has premiered 5 concerti, and worked with conductors Julio Medaglia, Ville Mankkinen, and Angelo Cavallaro.

With a special interest in art for social change, Alvaro’s projects have included commissioning works centered on social issues.

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Recordings

Suíte Candanga

The CD Suite Candanga presents a project by guitarist Alvaro Henrique to honour the 50th anniversary of Brasilia, capital of Brazil. Upon the idealization of the project, the musician studied in Germany and wanted to turn his native city into a muse for new compositions.

First Compact Disc

Solo Guitar (Violao Solo) features a large scope of guitar music, from one of it earliest examples, music orginally for lute by John Dowland (England), to two major composers and guitarists from the 20th Century: the Brazilians Heitor Villa-Lobos and Anibal Augusto Sardinha (Garoto).

Jean Goldenbaum 2º CD

The second CD of the German-brazilian composer Jean Goldenbaum registers works for orchestra and chamber music. Three new compositions were commissioned, one from a composer who lives in Brasilia (Jorge Antunes), other from a composer who lives in a different part of Brazil (Carlos Alberto da Silva), and another for a composer who lived abroad (Mario Ferraro).

Guitar Through the Ages

The DVD Guitar Through the Ages (Violao de Todos os Tempos) tell the history of the guitar since the Babylon to the modern days, presenting music from the very first publication for a guitar-related instrument (El Maestro, by Luys Milan, printed on 1536), to the modern days, playied on a vihuela (15th Century), a Baroque Theorboed Guitar (18th Century), a Romantic Guitar (19th Century), and a Modern guitar. The recordings were made during outreach concerts in junior and high schools in Brasilia, Brazil. The DVD features a booklet telling the history of the guitar.

Concerts

Concerts for guitar and orchestra by several Brazilian composers, such as Villa-Lobos (Concerto for Guitar and Introduction to Choros), R. Gnatalli (Concerto a Brasileira and Concerto de Copacabana), Calimério Soares (Concertino for Guitar and percussion), J. Goldenbaum (Ode à Amizade for flute, guitar and orchestra, in addition to the above), J. Antunes, Ricardo Sousa-Castro (Concert Tribute to Villa-Lobos).
“Magical hands and fingers . . . the most beautiful performances . . . Alvaro Henrique is a winner.” Jorge Antunes

Composer

“It was a pleasure listening to you playing with soul, beautifully” Gilberto Tinetti

TV Cultura

“I have just heard your CD: you are a true master, maestro.” Minister Marcos Vinícius Vilaça

Minister

“His work in collaboration with BRAVIO – Guitar Society of Brasilia – is immensely important for the development and dissemination of solo guitar playing in Brazil.” Fabio Zanon

Artistic director of Festival do Campos do Jordão

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