17 December 1944, São Paulo, Brazil. Barbosa-Lima studied guitar from the age of seven, making his concert debut before he entered his teenage years. Along the way, he took lessons from Andrés Segovia. He first recorded in the early 60s and made his US debut in 1967. From the early 80s his name became much better known in the USA, owing in part to concerts in New York and a string of successful albums for Concord Records. Barbosa-Lima is especially noted for his performances of the works of Luiz Bonfá, Ernesto Cordero, Alfredo da Rocha Vianna Filho, Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Pernambuco and Ernesto Nazareth, while he has also extensively performed the works of US composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter.
In addition to performing the music of Brazil and other Latin American countries, Barbosa-Lima has played classical music, including premiering Alberto Ginasteras Sonata, Opus 47. Apart...