Originally from Brazil, André Rodrigues distinguishes himself as a specialist in Brazilian traditional and classical repertoires. The beginning of his sixtenn years of career took place in his homeland as an accompanist of instrumental and vocal music genres. Being a versatile musician, Rodrigues has performed on the stages of dance and theater, and has been awarded numerous prizes in national and international classical guitar competitions.
André Rodrigues holds a bachelor’s degree in Brazilian popular music from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil) and a masters degree in classical guitar performance from the Université de Montréal. He has been awarded several grants by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Winner of the prestigious World Music Opus Prize for the concert of the year 2012-2013 for his solo recital “Choros and Waltzes from Brazil”, Rodrigues performs on a regular basis both as a soloist and chamber musician in North and South America, in Europe, Asia and in the Middle-East.
Rodrigues is the artistic director of both Voyageurs immobiles artistic company and the Montreal Guitar Society and is deeply involved in the development of the guitar public in Montreal.
He is interested in instrumental pedagogy, frequently giving conferences and master classes. Rodrigues coordinates the classical guitar program at the École des jeunes de la Faculté de musique at the Université de Montréal and teaches at the Marie-Victorin College. Rodrigues has just completed his Doctorate degree at the Université de Montréal, financed by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture.