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04.10.16
Sérgio and Odair Assad
The Assads bring much more than a guitar recital to San Francisco Performances
San Francisco Examiner
11.11.14
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Guitar duo Assad Brothers expands our music horizons
The Calgary Herald
04.30.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Yo-Yo Ma and friends serve up a Brazilian feast to sold-out audience
Chicago Classical Review
04.27.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Review: Yo Yo Ma and company share rich Brazilian music at Grand Sierra
Reno Gazette-Journal
04.25.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Yo-Yo Ma, friends share love of music with audience
Las Vegas Review-Journal
02.21.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assad Brothers at the Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara Independent
02.18.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
CONCERT REVIEW: A Brazilian musical odyssey
Santa Barbara News-Press
02.16.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Music review: Guitar-playing Assad Brothers at Cerritos Center
Los Angeles Times
02.10.12
Sérgio and Odair Assad
IN CONCERT: Twelve Strings and a Stellar Reputation - Over the past nearly two decades, Brazilian brothers Sergio and Odair Assad, in concert at the Lobero on Tuesday, have become a power duo in the classical guitar world, and in music, generally.
Santa Barbara News-Press
08.14.11
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assad Brothers Guitar Duo at SummerFest
SanDiego.com
04.10.11
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assads Inspire and Challenge
San Francisco Classical Voice
02.14.11
Sérgio and Odair Assad
A Soulful, Virtuosic Player Holding the Spotlight Alone
The New York Times
11.25.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Lives of Music and Physics, Lovingly Bound
The New York Times
10.13.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assad Brother Guitar Duo on Performance Today
Performance Today
09.13.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
11th Annual Latin Grammy Nominees Announced
New Music Box
06.28.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Odair Assad “El Caminante”
Minor 7th
04.11.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Brazilian guitarists explore more exotic roots at U. of Md.
Washington Examiner
03.18.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assad brothers unite for a lyrical evening of guitar
Indianapolis Star
02.01.10
Marin Alsop, Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Currie, Sérgio and Odair Assad, Silk Road Ensemble , Katarina Karnéus, Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn
CONGRATULATIONS OPUS 3 ARTISTS GRAMMY WINNERS
01.27.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad, Paquito D'Rivera & The Assad Brothers
Familiarity breeds virtuosity
Los Angeles Times
01.01.10
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Sérgio Assad Interview
Acoustic Guitar
12.04.09
Marin Alsop, Ingo Metzmacher, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Hope, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Currie, Sérgio and Odair Assad, Silk Road Ensemble , Estonian National Symphony Orchestra , Katarina Karnéus, Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn
CONGRATULATIONS OPUS 3 ARTISTS GRAMMY NOMINEES
11.19.08
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Sérgio Assad Wins Latin Grammy
11.01.07
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Assad Brothers Rave Reviews
The Independent, Classic fm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Seattle Post- Intelligencer & Washington Post
09.17.07
Sérgio and Odair Assad
Nonesuch Releases Guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad’s
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Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble-playing come from a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and studies under guitarist/lutenist Monina Távora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andrés Segovia. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music made for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger, and Francisco Mignone. Now Sérgio Assad is adding to their repertoire by composing music for the duo and for various musical partners both with symphony orchestra and in recitals. They have worked extensively with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Romero Lubambo, Paquito D’Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw.

The Assad Brothers began playing the guitar together at an early age and went on to study for seven years with Dona Monina. Their international career began with a major prize at the 1979 Young Artists Competition in Bratislava. Odair is based in Brussels where he teaches at Ecole Supérieure des Arts, while Sérgio resides in San Francisco where he is on the faculty of the SF Conservatory.

The Assad’s repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio and his own take on classic folk and jazz music, as well as various styles of Latin music. Their classical repertoire includes  transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau, and Scarlatti and adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera, and Debussy; thus making their touring programs a compelling blend of styles, periods and cultures ... read full bio