Yamandu Costa, 7-string guitar virtuoso, was born in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he began his guitar studies with his father Algacir Costa, band leader of “Os Fronteiriços”, when he was 7 years old. Later, he perfected his technique with Lúcio Yanel, Argentine virtuoso who was then settled in Brazil.

Until the age of 15, Yamandu´s only music school was the folk music from the south of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Nevertheless, after he heard Radamés Gnatalli´s work, he decided to get in contact with the music of other renowned Brazilian musicians, such as Baden Powell, Tom Jobim, Raphael Rabello, among others. When he was 17, he played for the first time in São Paulo at “Circuito Cultural Banco do Brasil” (BB Cultural Tour). The event was produced by “Estúdio Tom Brazil” (Tom Brazil studio), and from then on he was recognized as one of the most gifted guitar players of Brazil. The music documentary by Finnish film maker Mika Kaurismaki, called “Brasileirinho” on “choro music” also featured Yamandu Costa, which gave him additional international attention.

Yamandu has created his very particular style of compositions, somewhere between the typical music from the south of Brazil, Choro and Samba with finger acrobatic like passages, high tempo and yet very delicate and melodious pieces. For the audience his music is somewhere between breathtaking and breathholding, accompanied by Yamandu´s way of melting with his instrument and being one for the duration of the concert.
Yamandu is embracing the range of root-Latinamerican music with a clear basis on Southbrazilian swing.

One of the greatest geniuses of Brazilian music of all times, Yamandu deserves the highest praise. Whenever he is on stage, he fills with joy the most select audience since his impressive performance shows the deep intimacy between Yamandu and his guitar. The recognition he has earned throughout the years reveals what he can offer the audience – recreation of the magic of music – once from his fingers the music he plays travels through his body and soul and is almost miraculously transformed.

Yamandu is a guitar player, composer and arranger that does not fit into a single music style, yet he creates his own when he combines all of them playing his 7-string guitar. Yamandu fully deserves his beautiful name which in “tupi-guarani”, the native language of Brazilian indians, means “the precursor of the waters of the world”.

So far, Yamandu has recorded 17 CDs and 2 DVDs, Solo, in Duo, Trio, Quarter and with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mato Grosso and has also performed as guitar soloist with several Brazilian orchestras, from the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paulo to the “Youth Camerata” from the Social Action for Music (Rio) and outside Brazil with the Calgary Philharmonic conducted by conductor Roberto Minczuk, with the “Orchestre National de France” conducted by conductor Kurt Masur and Debora Waldman as well as “Orchestre de Paris” by conductor Kristjan Järvi and Alondra de Parra , with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, with the National Orchestra of Belgium and with the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Upcoming international concerts with orchestras: Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo – Monaco and National Orchestra of Argentine Music – Buenos Aires.


His guitar style has inspired many young musicians who are following his new school of guitar playing. He is performed among others also with Bob McFerrin, Melody Gardot, Richard Galliano, Stefano Bollani, Vicent Peirani, Daniel Mille, Sylvain Luc, Stochelo Rosenberg, Sebastien Giniaux, Alfredo Rodriguez, Antonio Zambujo, Pepe Romero, Romero Lubambo, Slava Grigoryan, Juan Falú, Luis Salinas, Lucio Yanel, Pedro Jóia, Carlos Nuñez, Doug de Vries, Gerardo Núñez, Vladimir Sumin, Vladimir Markushevich, Mayra Andrade, Gilberto Gil, Djavan, Hermeto Pascoal, , Mario Adnet, Paulo Jobim, Toquinho, Jõao Bosco, Ney Matogrosso, Roberta Sá, Dominguinhos, Naná Vasconcelos, Renato Borghetti, Hamilton de Holanda, Armandinho Macedo, Elba Ramalho, Guinga, Ricardo Herz, Baby Consulelo, Henrique Cazes, Robertinho Silva, Época de Ouro, Trio Madeira Brasil, Guto Wirtti, Nina Wirtti, Grazie Wirtti, Rogerio Caetano, Alessandro Penezzi, Nicolas Krassik, Bebê Kramer, Danilo Brito, Zé Nogueira, Edu Ribeiro, Tiago Espírito Santo, Jazz Cigano Quinteto, Luis Carlos Borges and Alegre Côrrea.

Besides numerous concerts throughout Brazil, Yamandu has toured in France, La Reunion, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, à Monte Carlo, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Slovenia, Russia, Lithuania, Serbia, Czech Republic, Australia, USA, Canada, Greece, Macedonia, Israel, Cyprus, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Iran, Kuwait, Ecuador, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.





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List of awards, prizes, nominations:

  • Albuns „Recanto“ and „Borghetti Yamandu“ are nominaded for the Latin Grammy 2018.
  • „Quebranto“ – Yamandu & Penezzi – best instrumental album and best soloist, Brazilian Music Award (Prêmio da Música Brasileira) – 2018.
  • „Tocada à Amizade“: best instrumental album, Brazilian Music Award (Prêmio da Música Brasileira) – 2016.
  • Album „Mafuá“: Cubadisco International 2012 Award
  • Album „Lida“: ALBA Award Mention 2012
  • Album “Luz de Aurora” of Yamandu Costa & Hamilton de Holanda is nominaded at the 11th Latin Grammy promoted by The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences within category “Best Instrumental Album” – 2010 – USA
  • Yamandu received 2 awards at the 21st Brazilian Music Award (Prêmio da Música Brasileira), within the category of Instrumental Music: Best CD: “Luz da Aurora” (Live) with Hamilton de Holanda and as Best soloist (on “Luz de Aurora”) – 2010
  • TIM Prize 2004 as best instrumental musician – Brazil
  • Caras Magazine Award 2002 – Brazil
  • Winner of 2001 Visa Award – Instrumental Edition
  • Revelation of 2001 – official and popular jury – Brazil
  • 25° prize of best player in Rio Grande do Sul – 1998 – Brazil
  • Prize of Instrumental Music Revelation of the state of Rio Grande do Sul – 1998 – Brazil
  • Winner of California Award – Uruguaiana/ RS – 1995 – Brazil

Most important Participations:

– Italy, Perrugia, Umbria Jazz Festival, duo with Guto Wirtti (2018)

– France, Porquerolles, Jazz à Porquerolles Festival, duo with Vincent Peirani (2018)

– Italy, Terni, Umbria Spring Festival, duo with Guto Wirtti (2018)

– Bucaramanga, Colômbia – Festival Universitário Territorio Sonoro de la Canta y el Torbellino (2018)

– Sweden, Stockholm, Fasching (2018)

– Sweden, Sundsvall Gitarrfestival (2018)

– Sweden, Uppsala, Gottsunda kyrkan (2018)

– Norway, Kristiansand, Kilden Art Center (2018)

– Umbria Jazz Festival – with Guto Witti (2018)

– Denmark, Aalborg Guitar Festival (2018)

– Italy, Cervignano – Teatro Pasolini (2018)

– Kuwait – Yarmouk Cultural Center (2018)

– Iran, Tehran, Azadi Tower (2018)

-Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Blue Note (2018)

– Fance, Pais, New Moning (2017)

– Maputo-Mozambique, Festival more jazz (2017)

– Israel – Eilat – Red Sea Jazz Festival (2017)

– Tunisia – Tunis – Festival de Carthage / Acropolium de Carthage (2017)

– Germany – Gitarrenfestival Hersbruck (2017)

– France – Corsica, Patrimonio, Festival des Nuits de la Guitarre (duo with Guto Wirtti) (2017)

– Italy – Genoa – Festival Gezmataz (2017)

– Germany – Ochsenfurt- Ochsenfurter Gitarrentage

– Spain – Salamanca – Las Noches del Fonseca 2017

– Spain – Madrid – Galileu Galilei (2017)

– Argentina – Buenos Aires – Néstor Kirchner Cultural Centre with the ONMA-Orquesta Nacional de Música Argentina – „Concerto de Fronteira CD“ – Director: Leandro de Carvalho

– Liechtenstein – Eschen – Ligita – (Liechtensteiner Gitarren Tage / Guitar Days of Liechtenstein) 2017

– France – Vendome Guitar Fest 2017

– Portugal – Lisbon – Teatro da Trindade (2017)

– Portugal – Oliveira do Bairro – Festival Festim 2017

– Portugal – Albergaria – Festival Festim 2017

– Monte Carlo – Monaco – Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra – Concerto Fronteira (Yamandu Costa) – 2017

– Finland, Tampere Guitar Festival (2017 and 2012)

– Argentina- Godoy Cruz – Festival de jazz San Vicente (2017)

– USA Boston – Brazilian Conference – panel about Brazilian culture with Gilberto Gil

– Japan- East End International Guitar Festival (2017)

– UK-Glasgow – Celtic Connections-Showcase Scotland, St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (2017)

– Canada /Calgary/ Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, “Concerto Fronteira” from Yamandu Costa / Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk (2016)

– Italy- Rai Uno TV broadcast ,”L’importante è avere un piano”, Stefano Bollani’s Late Night Show on / playing with Stefano Bollani and Barbara Casini (2016)

– Asuncion, Paraguay, Tom Jobim Theater – Embassy of Brazil (2016)

– France-Corsica, Patrimonio, Festival des Nuits de la Guitarre

– Spain, Cordoba Guitar Festival (2016)

– France, Jazz a Porquerolles (2016)

– Italy, Garda Jazz Festival (2016)

– Netherlands, Rotterdam, De Doelen, with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Concerto Fronteira (2016)

– USA – New York – 92nd Street Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall (2016)

– USA – Austin – AISD Performing Arts Center (2016)

– USA – San Francisco – Herbst Theater (2016)

– USA – Boston, First Lutheran Church of Boston (2016)

– USA – Seatle, Triple Door (2016)

– USA – Boulder, First United Methodist Church (2016

– Germany, Leipzig, Gewandhaus, with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, Direction: Krjstian Järvi. „Concerto de Fronteira“ from Yamandu Costa. (2016)

– Angola, Luanda: Projeto Kalunga (2015)

– Costa Rica, San Jose, “International Guitar Festival from Costa Rica” (2015)

France – Paris – with the Orchestra from Paris /Phillarmonie, Direction: Alondra de Parra /

„Concerto de Fronteira“  (Yamandu Costa), „Concierto de Aranjuez“ (Joaquim Rodrigo), „Concierto para Bandoneón y Guitarra“ (Astor Piazzolla) „Oblivion“ with Richard Galliano (2015)

– Australia – Adelaide Guitar Festival – with the Adelaide Art Orchestra / concert Fantasia Popular (2014)

– Rússia – Moscou – Casa Internacional da Música – “Dias do Brasil” (2014)

– Ilha de Reunião – Nuit des Virtuoses (4 concerts) – 2014

– Paris – France with the Orchestra from Paris /Salle Pleyel. Direction: Krjstian Järvi

„Concerto Nazareth“ from Paulo Aragão and Suite Passeios from Yamandu Costa (2013)

– Israel – Telaviv / Reading3 (2013)

– Sweden – Uppsala International Guitar Festival (2013, 2009)

– Roma – Italy /Auditorium Parco della Musica (2013)

– Argentina – Buenos Aires – Teatro ND Ateneo – Show Continente with Guto Wirti and Arthur Bonilla (2013)

– Germany – Leipzig, Gewandhaus and Erfuhrt, Theater – with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, Direction: Krjstian Järvi. „Concerto Nazareth“ from Paulo Aragão and Suite Passeios from Yamandu Costa (2013),

– Uruguay – Montevideo: with OSPA Orchestra / Teatro Solis / Fantasia Popular, Director: Jose Maria Florencio

– Greece – Thessalonica / 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education (2012)

– Estonia – Tallinn Guitar Festival (2012)

– Cuba, Havanna / Festival Cubadisco / Teatro Nacional (2012)

– Zimbabwe, Harare / Festival Hifa (2012)

– USA – New York – New York City Classical Guitar Society (NYCCGS, Baruch Performing Arts Center (2012)

– USA-Baltimore – Baltimore Classical Guitar Society (BCGS)/Kaplan Concert Hall, Towson Univ. (2012)

– USA – Minneapolis – Minnesota (MGS) / Sundin Hall (2012)

– USA – Austin – Austin Classical Guitar Society (ACGS) /Northwest Hills United Methodist Church (2012)

– USA – San Francisco – Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts (OFPA), Marines Memorial Theater (2012)

– Serbia – Belgrade – Guitar Art Festival (March 19, 2012)

– Slovenia – Maribor – Music-Wine & Fashion Festival – Dvorana Union (2012)

– Canada, Calgary with the Calgary Philllarmonic Orchestra /EPCOR CENTRE’s Jack Singer Concert Hall /Yamandu Costa & The Rite of Spring with Hamilton de Holanda) Fantasia Brasileira for Guitar, Mandolin and Orchestra)/ composers: Yamandu Costa & Hamilton de Holanda. Director: Roberto Minczuk (2011)

– Brazil, São Paulo – Sala São Paulo, with the OSB-Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (premiere of Fantasia Brasileira for Guitar, Mandolin and Orchestra)/ composers: Yamandu Costa & Hamilton de Holanda. Arrangements: Paulo Aragão, Director: Roberto Minczuk (2011)

– France, Paris, Louvre Auditorium/ Yamandu Choro Ensemble (2011)

Belgium, Europalia International Arts Festival – Yamandu with the Belgium National Orchester, director: Roberto Minczuk – concerts in Virton and Brussel at the Théâtre Royal de Namur (2011)

– Portugal – Lisboa,Teatro Villaret, solo concert (Oct. 25, 2011)

– Brazil, Rio de Janeiro-RJ -Theatro Municipal, with the OSB-Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (premiere of Fantasia Brasileira for Guitar, Mandolin and Orchestra)/ composers: Yamandu Costa & Hamilton de Holanda. Arrangements: Paulo Aragão, Director: Roberto Minczuk (2011)

– Italy, Roma, Brazilian Embassy (2011)

– Brazilian tour with Renato Borghetti; Florianopolis, São Paulo, Recife, Jõao Pessoa, Fortaleza (2011)

– Brazilian tour Mafuá: São Paulo, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande, Caxias do Sul, Novo Hamburgo, Florianópolis, Itajaí, Joinvile, Campos do Jordão, Goiania and Brasilia (2011)

– Macedonia, Skopie Offest (2011)

– Austria, Linz, Brücknerhaus (2011)

– Cabo Verde, Praia / Kriol Jazz Festival (2011)

– France, Antony / Festival de Antony (2011)

– Austria -Vienna / Porgy & Bess (2011)

– Australia, Adelaide International Guitar Festival (2010)

– Italy-Venice, Teatro Fenice / Venice Jazz Festival /double bill with Esperanza Spaldi (2010)

– France-Corsica, Patrimonio Festival des Nuits de la Guitarre / with Hamilton de Holanda (2010)

– Italy-Perugia/ Umbria Jazz with Hamilton de Holanda (July)

– Italy, Bolzano, Süd-Tirol Jazz Festival Altoadige (2009, 2010)

– Canada /Calgary/ CALGARY PHILHARMONIC, suite FANTASIA POPULAR from Yamandu Costa / Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk (2010)

– Brazil – Porto Alegre, with the Chamber Orchestra of the Theater São Pedro, Premiere of the suite for 7 strings guitar and acoordion “Passeios” from Yamandu Costa (2010)

– Canada, Montreal Jazz Festival (2010)

– Brazil, São Paulo/ Sala São Paulo, with the OSB-Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (2010)

– USA-Miami / show case & TV Interview powered by The Latin Recording Academy (2010)

– Spain / Las Palmas – Islas Canarias Festival “Maestros en Guitarra” (2010)

– Norway – Oslo, Cosmopolite, Brazil Festival (2010)

– France / Paris (solo concert) Radio France (2009)

– France / Paris/ with the Orchestre National de France, Le Week-end Villa-Lobos / suite FANTASIA POPULAR from Yamandu Costa and Paulo Aragão / Radio France/ Direction: Debora Waldman (2009)

– Belgium, Bruxelles, Théâtre Molière (2009)

– Portugal, – Lisboa, CCB-Centro Cultural de Belém (2009)

Italy – Cagliari Sardegna, european jazz expo (2009)

– France, Villeurbanne Guitar Festival (2009)

– Italy – Cervignano del Friuli, Teatro Pasolini (2009)

– Italy – Catania, Sicily Jazz Fest (2009)

– Italy – Sorrento, Festival Divino Vino (2009)

Israel, Tel Aviv / Reeding III (2009)

France, Paris, with Richard Galliano & Orchestre de Paris at Theatre du Chatelet / Suite pour guitare à 7 cordes et orchestre (composer: Mauricio Carrilho) / Conductor: Kristjan Järvi (2009)

– India Tour: New Delhi, Calcuta, Chennai (2009)

– Latvia: Riga, Rigas Ritmi Festival (2009)

– Canada,Toronto, Luminato Festival (2009)

– Yamandu Costa Trio tour: Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi – Al Dhafrah Theatre /Germany: Frankfurt/ Belgium: Antwerp, Brussels / Netherlands: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht / Austria: Bad Gastein (2009)

– Spain-Tenerifa: Festival La Guitarra La Laguna (2009)

– South Korea / Incheon Jazz Festival (July)

– Brazil, São Paulo / with the OSB-Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (premiere of FANTASIA POPULAR  with compositions by Yamandu Costa and Paulo Aragão). Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk (2008).

– Canada Tour: Kelowna, Cedar Creek Winery, Williams Lake / Vancouver, Langley, Community Music School / Vancouver, Vancouver Festival, Christ Church Cathedral (2008)

– Italy, Venice / Venice Jazz Festival (2008)

– France, Corsica, Patrimonio Guitar Festival (2008)

– Finnland, Pori Jazz Finland (2008)

-Europe Tour: Austria, Diersbach, Inntöne Jazzfestival /Spain, Tenerifa, Festival Ten Samba /

Austria, Imst, Tschirgart Festival (with Bobby Mc Ferrin) / Spain, Almeria, Certame Int. de Guitarra Classica ” Julián Arcas” / Portugal, Festival Int. de Guitarra Santo Tirso (2008)

– USA-New York Guitar Festival (2008)

– USA-Washington / Ibero American Guitar Festival (2007)

– Germany, Berlin, JazzFest Berlin – Brasileirinho ao Vivo (Nov. 2007)

– Italy, Ravenna Jazz Festival – Brasileirinho ao Vivo (2007)

– Spain, Sevilla, WOMEX Show-case (2007)

– Austria. Linz / Brucknerhaus – Brasileirinho ao Vivo (2007)

– Germany, Osnabrück /Open Strings Festival (2007)

– Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Beach, as guest with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: Kurt Masur), premiere of the own composition “Bachbaridade” (2007)

Uruguay, Montevideo, Teatro Solis (2007)

Australia, Melbourne Jazz Festival ( 2007 and 2008)

France, Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Orchestre National de France, Conductor: Kurt Masur (2007)

– UK-London – XI Bolivar Hall International Guitar Festival (2007)

– Canada, Calgary, with the  CALGARY PHILHARMONIC , Conductor:  Roberto Minczuk (2007)

– Tokyo concerts (2006)

– Finland, April Jazz Espoo Festival (2006)

– Japan, Tokyo (concerts and CD recording) (2005)

– France, Paris, Project “Brazil in France”; Banlieues and Opera Garnier, with Paulo Moura (2005)

– Ecuador. Quito and Guayaqui, Event “La Fiesta de Bolívar” (2005)

– Brazil tour , Project “Natura” – “Homenagem a Tom Jobim” (2005)

– France, Paris and Tolouse (Festival Rio Loco) – Project “Homenagem a Tom Jobim” (June 2005)

– Austria, Vienna, Konzerthaus, Gaucho Festival (2005)

– Spain, Madrid; Portugal, Porto (2005)

– Europe “Musica do Brasil tour” with Armandinho and Robertinho Silva: Italy, Roma; Italy, Venice; Austria, Imst (2005)

– Brazil, São Paulo, concert with the Symphony Orchester of São Paulo; conductor: Roberto Minczuk (2005)

– France, Cannes, Midem Show case (2003)
– Chile, Guitar Festival of Chile ( 2003)

– Brazil, Porto Alegre, concert with the Chamber Orchestra of the Theater São Pedro (2003)

– Brazil, Porto Alegre, “Dana Concerts”, with the “Ulbra Orchestra” (2003)

– Yamandu Costa & Os Irmãos Flores (Argentina) – “Ares e Pensares” Sesc São Paulo (2002)

– Brazil, Banco do Brasil Circuito Cultural – Tour around State capitals of Brasil (2002)

– Brazil – Free Jazz Festival – Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (2001)

– Chile, Guitar Festival (2001)

– Brazil, Banco do Brasil Cultural Circuit around the main cities of Brazil, as special guest (1999)

– Buenos Aires Tour (1998)
– Uruguay – Montevideo (1998)
– USA – Nashville Festival (1998)