Diego Figueiredo, a Brazilian guitarist, returns to BYU-Idaho Friday to perform at the Oscar A. Kirkham Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
Figueiredo last performed on campus in 2016 and, according to BYU-I International Services, is considered to be one of the most talented guitar players in the world today.
His style is a combination of jazz, bossa nova and classical.
According to International Services, “his unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has created an explosion of adoring fans and concert-goers.”
He has competed in and won several competitions, including the Montreux Jazz Competition, and has released 23 albums to date.
Figueiredo was born in Franca, Brazil, in 1980 and began his musical journey at a very young age. He would strike poses with his small guitar at age 4, received a mandolin at age 6 and found his love in the electric guitar at age 12.
By the time he was 15 years old, he was performing in theaters and clubs as a solo performer as well as in groups of other renowned Brazilian musicians.
He later studied classical guitar, Brazilian music and jazz in several institutions, including Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Don Sparhawk, center stage and performance tours coordinator at BYU-I, said that the students who attended Figueiredo’s last performance loved him, and he received many requests to bring the Brazilian performer back.
“When we heard he was available, we jumped at the chance,” Sparhawk said. “He is a very gifted guitarist, and I have no doubt students will thoroughly enjoy his show and his music.”
The show is on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. Tickets are on sale at the University Store—$12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-I students.
Center Stage has also provided International Services with coupons for free tickets for international students that can be picked up in the Manwaring Center in room MC276. The tickets can be redeemed at the University Store for real tickets.