THE ASSAD BROTHERS

Stacks Image 707
The Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad are widely considered the most popular and virtuosic guitar duo in the world. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the best guitarists in South America. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars.

Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them: Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnatalli, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger and Francisco Mignone.
Now Sergio Assad is adding to their repertory by composing music for the duo and for various musical partners both with symphony orchestra and in recitals. They have worked extensively with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Fernando Suarez Paz, Paquito D’Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw. The Assads began playing the guitar together at an early age and went on to study for seven years with guitar/lutenist Monina Távora, a disciple of Andrés Segovia.

Their international career began with a major prize at the 1979 young artists competition in Bratislava. Odair is based in Brussels where he teaches at Ecole Supérieure des Arts, and Sergio resides in Chicago where he teaches at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, yet the majority of their time is spent on tour throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East The Assads’ repertoire includes original music composed by Sergio Assad and his reworkings of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style. Their standard classical repertoire includes transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau, and Scarlatti; and adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera, and Debussy. Their programs are always a compelling blend of styles, periods, and cultures.