Originally from Brazil, André Rodrigues distinguishes himself as a specialist in Brazilian traditional and classical repertoires. The beginning of his 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 jazz, 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), a master’s degree in classical guitar performance from the Université de Montréal and a doctorate degree from this same institution, for which he was funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. 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”, offered by the Quebec Music Council, Rodrigues performs on a regular basis both as a soloist and chamber musician in North and South America, Europe, Asia and 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 audience in Montreal. He is interested in music theory, Latin American music, and instrumental pedagogy, frequently giving conferences and master classes while coordinating his teaching activities between the Marie-Victorin College and the Université de Montréal.