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Assad, Sergio (26th December 1952-Present)

He is a guitarist, composer and arranger born in Brazil. His daughter is Clarice Assad and his brother and sister are Badi and Odair  Assad . He and his brother studied guitar for seven years with Monina Ravora, who had been a student of Andres Segovia and performed regularly in Brazil.

He made his US debut in 1969 in New York and often gives concerts and records with his brother Odair , as The Assad Brothers. His compositions include the pieces “Suite Brasileira”, “Summer Garden” and “Aquarelle” which was a mandatory piece in the 2002 GFA Competition.

As an artist he has performed with artists that include Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg , Yo-Yo Ma and Paquito D’Rivera. He and his brother received a Latin Grammy Award for Sergio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla and Obrigado Brazil which they collaborated on with Yo-Yo Ma and which won a Grammy Award in 2004.

As a teacher he has been on the faculty of the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Brussels, Roosevelt University’s College of Fine Arts in Chicago and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg recordings
O Holy Night(
Adolphe Charles Adam )
NSS 2066 (CD – Merry: A Holiday Journey)

He performs here with this brother Odair playing a Domenico Scarlatti piece…