05 June 2011
Fabricio Mattos was born in Curitiba, Brazil. He began his musical studies at the age of six, learning musical theory with his father. When he was fourteen years old, he was introduced to the guitar and was fascinated by the possibilities of this instrument, eventually deciding to study with Dirceu Saggin, at Paidéia Music School, in Curitiba.
He graduated in 2006 Bachelor of Music School of Music and Fine Arts of Paraná (EMBAP), taking classes with Professor Luiz Cláudio Ferreira. He acts as a performer since he was 16 years old, and nowadays plays solo and chamber music concerts in various places in Brazil and Europe. He has launched in 2007 his first CD, "España", with original works by Spanish composers of the twentieth century, in a national tour of concerts in ten Brazilian states. From September to December 2009 Fabrício toured in Brazil as part of the project "SESC-Sonora Brazil", being invited to perform, along with guitarist Salomão Habib, 80 concerts throughout Brazil, which is considered the biggest guitar tour ever realized in Brazil.
He has participated, along with ten other Brazilian guitarists, of the "Brazilian Guitar" project, for which he recorded a track for a CD and a solo program to be broadcasted by the Brazilian television. He has also served as producer of the series "Guitar in the Chamber” and artistic producer of the series "Music and Spirituality ", in Curitiba, in addition to exerting an intense didactic activity with the guitar, giving lectures and masterclasses in many places in Brazil and the United Kingdom. He has played in several international festivals and competitions in various European countries, at events globally recognized for its high musical level.
He has participated of the Armando Prazeres Prize for Young Soloists of Petrobras (2003), in which he won first place. He was awarded in more than ten national and international competitions, and has also received honors as "Ivor Mairants Guitar Award” (Worshipful Company of Musicians, London),"Picker Trust Award” (Royal Academy of Music, London) and "Webshow Video Award”. Recently Fabricio was the first Brazilian musician in history to be elected a finalist for the prestigious "Alexander Tansman Competition of Musical Personalities," in Łódź, Poland, where he performed a solo recital in November 2008. In 2009, Fabricio was awarded one of the greatest honors received by a Brazilian guitarist abroad: the “Julian Bream Award”, an award for artistic excellence and distinction given in London by the legendary guitarist Julian Bream, who personally chose the Brazilian guitarist to join the select rank of winners of this prestigious award.
Fabricio Mattos currently resides in London, where he conducts his studies in Master's in music performance at the Royal Academy of Music, one of the best music institutions in the world, and has received a partial scholarship in recognition for his high artistic level. In this institution, he has as mentors musicians like Michael Lewin, Timothy Walker, Fábio Zanon, John Williams and Julian Bream. He constantly collaborates with composers from various musical languages, such as Harry Crowl, Mario Ferraro, Paul Hart, Salomão Habib, among others, by dedicating himself to a development and refinement of the musical approach on the guitar, through contact with various ways of expression in music. Fabricio acts as a scholar on guitar performance, performing constantly, both as soloist and chamber musician, always looking for a difference of interpretation that values the artistic personality and sound and phrasing quality.