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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 Jobim

    Dec. at 67 (1927-1994)

    BirthplaceTijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    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, songwriter,...  more
  • BirthplaceSanto Amaro, Brazil

    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

    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
  • BirthplaceDVD 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 Jorge...  more
  • BirthplaceJuazeiro, Brazil

    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 was a pioneer of...  more
  • BirthplaceSalvador, Brazil

    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 his...  more
  • BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Milton Nascimento (Portuguese pronunciation: [miwˈtõ nasiˈmẽtu]; born October 26, 1942) is a prominent Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist....  more
  • BirthplaceBelo Horizonte, Brazil

    Massimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera (Portuguese pronunciation: [masimiliˈɐnu ɐ̃ˈtonju kɐvɐˈleɾɐ], born August 4, 1969) is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently plays in heavy...  more
  • Raul Seixas

    Dec. at 44 (1945-1989)

    BirthplaceSalvador, Brazil

    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 "Father of...  more
  • 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
  • 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
  • Toquinho

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, São Paulo, Southeast Region

    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 composer and...  more
  • BirthplaceRio 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 worldwide...  more
  • Laurindo Almeida

    Dec. at 78 (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
  • BirthplacePasso Fundo, Brazil

    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 guitar. Costa...  more
  • BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    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, composer,...  more
  • BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Paraíba, South America, Brazil, Brejo do Cruz

    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 various major Brazilian musicians,...  more
  • BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    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....  more
  • 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
  • BirthplaceRio 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 of...  more
  • Marcelo Fromer

    Dec. at 40 (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
  • Luiza Sá

    Age: 37


    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 group, she studies fine...  more
  • Oscar Castro-Neves

    Dec. at 73 (1940-2013)

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    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 of...  more
  • Lenine

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceRecife, Brazil

    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
  • BirthplaceJoão Pessoa, Brazil

    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....  more