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Famous Guitar Players from Brazil

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List of famous guitar players from Brazil, listed alphabetically with photos of the guitarists when available. Brazil has produced some great guitar players over the years, including guitarists who specialize in rock, metal, jazz, folk, classical, acoustic and more. These are some of the best Brazilian guitar players to ever live, so if you're a native of Brazil and play guitar then this list should make you proud. If you're searching for a particular popular guitarist from Brazil then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

These guitarists, like Raul Seixas and Dado Villa-Lobos include images when available.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Brazilian guitarists?" and "Which guitar players are from Brazil?"

You can click on the names of these legendary guitarists of Brazil in order to get more information about each one. If you're a guitar player or just love music you can use this list of talented Brazilian guitar players to find some new artists or bands that you might really enjoy.
Antônio Carlos Job... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Dec. at 67 (1927-1994)

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Brazil, Tijuca

Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (January 25, 1927 – December 8, 1994), also known as Tom Jobim (Portuguese pronunciation: [tõ ʒoˈbĩ]), was a Brazilian composer, pianist, ...more
Caetano Veloso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 77

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Santo Amaro, Bahia

Caetano Emanuel Viana Telles Veloso (Portuguese pronunciation: [kaeˈtɐ̃nu emanuˈɛw viˈɐ̃nɐ ˈtɛlis veˈlozu]; born August 7, 1942) is a Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist, writer, and political ...more
Heitor Villa-Lobos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Dec. at 72 (1887-1959)

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 ...more
Jorge Ben Jor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 77

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Jorge Duilio Lima Menezes (born March 22, 1942), is a Brazilian popular musician, performing under the stage name Jorge Ben Jor since the 1980s, though commonly known by his former stage name ...more
João Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 88

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Juazeiro, South America, Brazil, Bahia

João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira, known as João Gilberto (Portuguese: [ʒuˈɐ̃w ʒiwˈbɛʁtu]; 10 June 1931 – 6 July 2019), was a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who ...more

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Gilberto Gil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 77

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Salvador, Bahia

Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira (born 26 June 1942), known professionally as Gilberto Gil (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒiwˈbɛʁtu ˈʒiw]), is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both ...more
Milton Nascimento is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 77

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Milton Nascimento (Portuguese pronunciation: [miwˈtõ nasiˈmẽtu]; born October 26, 1942) is a prominent Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Massimiliano Antonio Cav... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 50

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Minas Gerais, South America, Brazil, Belo Horizonte

Massimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera (Portuguese pronunciation: [masimiliˈɐnu ɐ̃ˈtonju kɐvɐˈleɾɐ], born August 4, 1969) is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently ...more
Raul Seixas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Dec. at 44 (1945-1989)

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Salvador, Bahia

Raul Santos Seixas (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɦaˈuː ˈsejʃɐs]; 28 June 1945 – 21 August 1989) was a Brazilian rock composer, singer, songwriter and producer. He is sometimes called the ...more
Andreas Kisser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 51

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: São Bernardo do Campo, DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Southeast Region, + more

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 ...more
Heitor Pereira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 59

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD 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
Toquinho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 73

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, São Paulo, Southeast Region, + more

Antônio Pecci Filho (born July 6, 1946), better known as Toquinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [toˈkĩɲu]), is a Brazilian singer and guitarist. He is well known for his collaborations, as ...more
Marisa Monte is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 52

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marisa de Azevedo Monte (born 1 July 1967) is a Brazilian singer, composer, instrumentalist, and producer of Brazilian popular music and samba. As of 2011, she had sold 10 million albums ...more
Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Southeast Region, Brazil, + more

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. ...more

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Yamandú Costa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 39

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul

Yamandu Costa (born January 24, 1980 in Passo Fundo), sometimes misspelled Yamandú, is a Brazilian guitarist and composer. His main instrument is the Brazilian seven-stringed classical ...more
Chico Buarque is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 75

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Francisco "Chico" Buarque de Hollanda, popularly known simply as Chico Buarque (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈʃiku buˈaʁki]; born June 19, 1944) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, ...more
Zé Ramalho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 70

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Brejo do Cruz, Brazil

Zé Ramalho (born José Ramalho Neto on October 3, 1949 - Brejo do Cruz - Paraíba, Brazil) is a Brazilian composer and performer. Zé Ramalho has collaborated with ...more
Beth Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 73

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Elizabeth Santos Leal de Carvalho (May 5, 1946 – April 30, 2019), known professionally as Beth Carvalho, was a Brazilian samba singer, guitarist, cavaquinist and composer.
Arnaldo Antunes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 59

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, São Paulo, Southeast Region, + more

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 ...more
Marcos Valle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 76

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marcos Kostenbader Valle (born 14 September 1943) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has produced works in many musical styles, including bossa nova, samba, and fusions ...more
Marcelo Fromer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Dec. at 40 (1961-2001)

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: São 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 ...more
Luiza Sá is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 36

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Americas

Luiza da Silva e Sá (born March 29, 1983 in São Paulo) is one of the guitar players and drummers for the Brazilian indie-electro band Cansei de Ser Sexy.Besides playing in the ...more
Oscar Castro-Neves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Dec. at 73 (1940-2013)

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Oscar Castro-Neves (May 15, 1940 - September 27, 2013), was a Brazilian guitarist, arranger, and composer who is considered a founding figure in bossa nova. He was born in Rio de Janeiro as one ...more
Lenine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 60

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Northeast Region, Brazil, Pernambuco, South America, + more

Lenine, artist name of Osvaldo Lenine Macedo Pimentel (born 2 February 1959), is a Brazilian singer-songwriter from Recife, Pernambuco. In 2005, he has won two Latin Grammy Awards for "Best ...more
Herbert Vianna is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Brazil
Age: 58

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Northeast Region, Brazil, Paraíba, South America, + more

Herbert Lemos de Sousa Vianna (born May 4, 1961) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer mainly known for his work with rock band Os Paralamas do Sucesso.