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Laurindo Almeida

Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian guitarist, composer. Recipient certified of appreciation American String Teachers Association, award Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (London), 1992, award for worldwide contribution to musical arts and education, School of the Arts, California State University, 1994.

Background

  • Almeida, Laurindo was born on September 2, 1917 in Brazil. Came to United States, 1947, naturalized, 1961. Son of Benjamin and Placedina (Araujo) Almeida.

  • Education

    • Student, Escola Nacional de Muscica do Rio de Janeiro.

    Career

    • Owner, operator Brazilliance Music Public Company, from 1952.

    Works

    • Featured soloist, Stan Kenton Orchestra, 1947-1950, Modern Jazz Quartet, 1964, 92. Guitarist motion picture productions, since 1949. Composer over 200 pieces including First Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra in three movements, 1979, recorded for Concord Concerto, 1980, museum scores for television (Academy award for Magic Pear Tree, 1970-1971).

      Also films Maracaibo, 1956, Goodbye My Lady, 1957. Recording artist, Capitol, World Pacific, Decca, Orion and Concord records.

    Membership

    Member American Society of Composers, American Federation of television and Radio Artists, American Songwriters Association, Composers Guild American, National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences (board governors classical music, 5 Grammy awards, 14 nominations), Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Guitar Society (Vadah Olcott-Bickford Memorial award).

    Connections

    • Married Maria M. Ferreira, May 20, 1944 (deceased August 1970). Married Deltra Eamon, August 3, 1971.
    Laurindo Almeida
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    Born September 2, 1917
    Died August, 1995
    (aged 77)