Guitarist Diego Figueiredo’s music fuses jazz, bossa nova and classical styles into unique interpretations marked by technique and emotion. He has won the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize, released over 19 albums, three DVDs, and several books. He has performed in over 40 countries around the world.
Born in Franca, Brazil, Figueiredo played many instruments before choosing the electric guitar. By the age of 15, he was playing as a soloist and also with renowned musicians in theaters and nightclubs throughout Brazil. He went on to study classical guitar, Brazilian popular music, and jazz in conservatories including Franca, Ribeirão Preto, Tatuí, and Berklee College of Music.
Figueiredo has shared the stage with such artists as Gilberto Gil, Hermeto Pascoal, Larry Coryell, Geraldo Azevedo, Sebastião Tapajós, Nando Cordel, Moraes Moreira, Fafá de Belém, Amelinha, Los Hermanos, Zeca Baleiro, among others. He has performed in groups including Banda Gênese and Squema Seis from Brasília.
Most recently Figueiredo has been touring with French vocal phenom Cyrille Aimée, as well as Brazilian singer-songwriter Belchoir, whom he also produced and arranged a double album As várias caras de Drummond.