Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Aliéksey Vianna has performed in prestigious music venues in over twenty countries throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Bay Area’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Mexico City’s Nezahualcoyotl and Sao Paulo’s Sala Ester Mesquita.
Aliéksey has performed as a soloist with orchestras and chamber groups in Brazil, USA, Portugal, Finland, Sweden and Poland. He has played with many world-renowned musicians, such as Peter Erskine, Paul McCandless, Toninho Horta, Tracy Silverman, Petri Sakari and Pierre Boulez. He was chosen to perform Boulez’s landmark work “Le Marteau sans Maitre”, conducted by the composer at Carnegie Hall. He has premiered pieces by Egberto Gismonti, Edino Krieger, David Burge and Sérgio Assad. Maestro Assad recognized Aliéksey’s talent and offered to produce a CD of his own solo guitar works, which has been released by the GSP label in February of 2005.
Aliéksey first took up the guitar spontaneously at the age of eight. At age twelve, he began formal musical studies, which included classical guitar, composition, arranging and orchestration. His main teachers were Rogerio Bianchi, Maria Rachel Marcondes, Jose Lucena Vaz, Fernando Araujo, Thomas Patterson and David Tanenbaum. He has also performed in master classes of Sergio and Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Roland Dyens, Abel Carlevaro, Oscar Ghiglia, Nigel North, Paul O’dette, Hopkinson Smith and Ralph Towner, among others.
Aliéksey is an exceptional guitarist who is highly accomplished in both the classical and jazz genres and is constantly crossing stylistic borders. He was awarded first prizes in more than ten worldwide music competitions. These awards have led to invitations to perform and teach in several music festivals, and to record with such important labels as Radio MEC in Brazil, URTEXT in Mexico and GSP in the USA.