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Famous Composers from Brazil

Updated October 13, 2018 4.3k views41 items

List of notable or famous composers from Brazil, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Brazil and even some popular composers who immigrated to Brazil. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Brazilian composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Brazil is included when available.

Examples include Rita Lee and Ana Carolina.

This historic composers from Brazil list can help answer the questions "Who are some Brazilian composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Brazil?" These prominent composers of Brazil may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Brazilian composers.

Use this list of renowned Brazilian composers to discover some new composers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    Alberto Nepomuceno

    Dec. at 56 (1864-1920)

    BirthplaceFortaleza, Brazil

    Alberto Nepomuceno (July 6, 1864 – October 16, 1920) was a Brazilian composer and conductor....  more
  • 2

    BirthplaceCuritiba, Brazil

    Alexandre Nero Vieira is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, sound designer, musical director and actor....  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceJuiz de Fora, Brazil

    Ana Carolina Sousa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɐ̃nɐ karoˈlinɐ], born September 9, 1974) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and musician....  more

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  • 4

    BirthplaceRecife, Brazil

    André Jung (born May 12, 1961) is a Brazilian drummer and journalist, best known for his performances in the band Ira!. He has also been a member of Titãs, although he has released only one album...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceBrasília, Brazil

    André Moraes is a composer, film score composer, film director, film producer and screenwriter....  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceSão Bernardo do Campo, Brazil

    Andreas Rudolf Kisser (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɐ̃dɾjɐs ˈʁudowf ˈkiseɾ]; born August 24, 1968) is a Brazilian musician, songwriter and producer. He is most known for being the lead guitarist for...  more
  • 7

    Antônio Carlos Gomes

    Dec. at 60 (1836-1896)

    BirthplaceCampinas, Brazil

    Antônio Carlos Gomes (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtonju ˈkaɾlus ˈɡomis]; Campinas, July 11, 1836 – Belém, September 16, 1896) was the first New World composer whose work was accepted by Europe. The...  more
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    Antônio Francisco Braga

    Dec. at 76 (1868-1945)

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Antônio Francisco Braga (April 15, 1868 – March 14, 1945) was a Brazilian music composer. Antônio Francisco Braga was born in Rio de Janeiro, and studied with Luiz António de Moura and Carlos de...  more
  • 9


    Age: 68

    BirthplaceSalvador, Brazil

    Armandinho may refer to: Armandinho (Brazilian guitarist) (born 1953), Brazilian MPB guitarist and singer from Bahia Armandinho (singer) (born 1970), Brazilian reggae singer from Rio Grande do...  more
  • 10

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Arnaldo Antunes (Portuguese pronunciation: [axˈnawdu ɐ̃ˈtunis], born Arnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes Filho, September 2, 1960) is a Brazilian musician, writer, and composer. He was a member of the rock...  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Branco Mello (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbrɐ̃ku ˈmɛlu], born Claudio Corrêa de Mello Júnior, March 16, 1962) is a Brazilian musician and actor, best known as the vocalist and bassist of Brazilian...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceCampina Grande, Brazil

    Bráulio Tavares is a screenwriter, composer, poet and writer....  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Charles de Souza Gavin (born July 9, 1960) is a drummer and musical producer, whose fame comes mainly from his drums works at Brazilian rock band Titãs....  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Ciro Pessoa Mendes Corrêa (born June 12, 1957), also known by his Dharma name Tenzin Chöpel, is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, screenwriter, journalist, writer and poet, famous...  more
  • 15

    BirthplacePorto Alegre, Brazil

    Eduardo Reck Miranda (born 1963) is a Brazilian composer of chamber and electroacoustic pieces but is most notable in the United Kingdom for his scientific research into computer music, particularly...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceCampina Grande, Brazil

    Eli-Eri Moura (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɛli ˈɛɾi ˈmowɾɐ], born March 30, 1963, in Campina Grande, Paraíba) is a Brazilian composer, conductor and music theorist....  more
  • 17

    Flávio Guimarães

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Flávio Guimarães (born November 10, 1963) is a Brazilian composer, harmonica player and singer. Considered a blues pioneer in Brazil, he founded the band Blues Etílicos in 1986, which is considered...  more
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    Grande Otelo

    Dec. at 78 (1915-1993)

    BirthplaceUberlândia, Brazil

    Grande Otelo (October 18, 1915 – November 26, 1993) was the stage name of Brazilian actor, comedian, singer, and composer Sebastião Bernardes de Souza Prata. Otelo was born in Uberlândia, and was...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul

    Heitor Teixeira Pereira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ejˈtoɾ tejˈʃejɾɐ peˈɾejɾɐ]) (born November 29, 1960), or Heitor TP, is a Brazilian composer, who played with Simply Red and several famous...  more
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    Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Dec. at 72 (1887-1959)

    BirthplaceBlah blah Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2

    Heitor Villa-Lobos (UK: , US: , Portuguese: [ejˈtoʁ ˌvilɐ ˈlobus]; March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959) was a Brazilian composer, conductor, cellist, pianist, and guitarist described as "the single...  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceOlinda, Brazil

    Jorge Du Peixe is a film score composer, musician, singer and composer....  more
  • 22

    Laurindo Almeida

    Dec. at 77 (1917-1995)

    BirthplaceMiracatu, Brazil

    Laurindo Almeida (September 2, 1917 – July 26, 1995) was a Brazilian guitarist and composer in classical, jazz, and Latin music. He and Bud Shank were pioneers in the creation of bossa nova. Almeida...  more
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    Age: 63

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

    João Luiz Woerdenbag Filho (born October 11, 1957), popularly known as Lobão ("Big Wolf", in reference to the Disney depiction of the Big Bad Wolf character), is a Brazilian singer-songwriter,...  more
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    Marcelo Fromer

    Dec. at 39 (1961-2001)

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Marcelo Fromer (December 3, 1961 – June 13, 2001) was the guitarist of Brazilian rock band Titãs. One of the founding members and also the band's manager, he died in 2001, after being hit by a...  more
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    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Marcelo Uchoa Zarvos (born October 1969) is a Brazilian pianist and composer....  more