Fabricio Mattos is a classical guitarist and researcher in musical performance. He has been performing regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in a great range of countries in five continents, from major music centres such as England, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States, to countries with rising concerts tradition such as China, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Zambia. He has launched many recordings, played numerous concert tours worldwide, and won prizes such as the acclaimed ‘Julian Bream Award’, which in parallel to his other personal projects in music-making helped him to reach an increasingly higher level of performance and research.
Mattos is a musician deeply committed in finding new paths for music performance in 21st century. He has collaborated with dozens of composers, performers, poets, dancers, and other artists of many nationalities, backgrounds, and styles over the last few years, adding in quantity and quality to the present and future of guitar performance. Recently Fabricio Mattos has only been involved in essentially collaborative projects; this attitude generated a healthy artistic output that could only be achieved through serious, creative, and passionate work in collaboration with other creative artists. The most impressive results of such artistic view came with the creative enterprise WGC - Worldwide Guitar Connections, founded in 2011 and with which Mattos has travelled to 27 countries so far. WGC has contributed in numerous creative ways to expand the possibilities in music-making, and in recognising the work of many talented young composers from many countries through specially tailored commissions. Mattos works regularly with flautist Lucas Jordan, singer Georgia Knower (The Colours of Eden Trilogy) and Audrey Ardern-Jones (The Poetry & Music Ensemble), and is also in demand as music teacher, working as a private guitar tutor in London and guest artist/lecturer in many festivals and academic institutions worldwide.
Fabricio Mattos was born in Curitiba, Brazil, and began his musical life at the age of six playing percussion instruments at carnival parties with his father, saxophonist Elio Mattos. After studying the flute, violin, and choir, he took classical guitar lessons with Dirceu Saggin, and afterwards with Luiz Cláudio Ferreira at School of Music & Fine Arts of Paraná. In 2013 Mattos graduated with Distinction from the Masters of Music-Performance & Research programme at the Royal Academy of Music, London, having received full scholarship from that institution. At RAM he received instrumental tuition from Michael Lewin, Timothy Walker, David Russell, Fabio Zanon, and Julian Bream, and developed a research project on gestural processes in the performance of music by Toru Takemitsu under academic guidance of Sarah Callis and Neil Heyde . Fabricio Mattos is currently a PhD student at the Royal Academy of Music, researching the history and aesthetics of performance spaces and new dynamics in artistic performances. Since 2018 he has been running two series at the Academy: New Stages, with experimental Performance events part of his PhD research; and Spencer Series, exploring historical guitars and rare prints and manuscripts from the Spencer Collection, one of the most important collections for guitar and lute music in the world.