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Praised as one of the greatest talents of the Brazilian guitar today (O Tempo), and as one of the most active and brilliant soloists from his generation (Acervo Digital do Violão Brasileiro) by the specialized press, Octávio Deluchi had his solo debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 24 and has more than 15 awards in national and international levels. Touring frequently in Brazil and the United States, Deluchi had appearances in cities such as New York, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Philadelphia, Little Rock, Belo Horizonte, and more. As a performer, he has been featured in important venues and series, such as Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, Composer's Now, Americas Society, Odeon Guitar Series, Musik Expedition International Music Festival, BNDES, to name a few. Octávio has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, between performances, premieres, and commissions, such as Sergio Assad, João Luiz, Vicente Paschoal, Emmanuele Baldini, Tania Leon, Rosana Diniz, Gabriele Leite, Eduardo Guterres, Guido Campos, and more. His commercial releases showcase his remarkable aptitudes across a wide-ranging repertoire spanning from 19th-century to South American repertoire and collaborations with young composers. Deluchi coordinates the guitar festival Mostra de Violão da Lira Ceciliana and is a guest soloist and resident professor at Festival de Música de Prados, one of the most traditional and old music festivals in Brazil.

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A multi-talented artist, Octávio Deluchi is considered one of the most prominent guitarists of the young generation. A native of Brazil's historical region of Minas Gerais, he encountered music at an early age. Octávio is recognized as a very creative and dynamic performer, and he captured the spotlight with a solo debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 24. Referred as one of the most important names in this scenario, (...) emerges as one of the greatest talents of Brazilian guitar today (O Tempo/Times), and hailed as one of the most active and brilliant soloists of his generation (Acervo Digital do Violão Brasileiro), Deluchi’s accolades includes over 15 prizes from prestigious competitions such as the IBLA Grand Prize, Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition, Souza Lima Guitar Competition, and Foundation Awards, among others.

Recently, Octávio has been rediscovering himself and fully immersing in his South American roots. Becoming a champion of the Brazilian repertoire, he has a series of commercial releases in 2024 featuring composers such as Dilermando Reis, Augustin Barrios, Vicente Paschoal, and more. Available on streaming platforms, his previous commercial releases showcase his remarkable aptitude across a wide range of styles, from the 19th century to recent collaborations with young composers.

Deluchi's trajectory demonstrates a profound interest in fostering collaboration between composers, interpreters, and other arts. He has had the honor of premiering, collaborating, or commissioning works by composers such as Sergio Assad, Vicente Paschoal, João Luiz, Luis Carlos Barbieri, Terrence Shepherd, Megan Deslinger, Mary Simmons, to name a few. His appearances have taken him to New York, Philadelphia, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Vitória, and Belo Horizonte, only to name a few. Octavio has been featured as a guest artist at Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, Composer's Now, Americas Society/Council of Americas, BNDES, and Odeon Guitar Series in New York City, as well as in prominent music festivals both nationally and internationally.

 

Deluchi collaborates with a wide array of artists, from percussionist Eduardo Leandro and harpsichordist Arthur Haas as part of Stony Brook University ensembles to musicians such as Emmanuele Baldini, Andre Bachur, Matthew Torpe, Fabio Brucoli, Peter Pas, Pedro Visockas, Marco Catto, William Neres, Weiting Sun, Rodrigo Frade, Haruna Furukawa, Kimberly Kang, Rosana Diniz, Pedro Gadelha, Gustavo Fontes, Michael Celentano, Luca Raele, and Guido Campos, among others. As a member of the João Luiz Guitar Quartet, his 2024 season includes engagements in the US, Colombia, and Europe. In Brazil, he collaborates regularly with soprano Janaina Lemos, with an active concert schedule in many festivals around the country. His desire to experience a rich cultural scene brought him to New York in 2021. Upon his arrival in New York, Octávio has connected with dierent musicians and artists to build community and develop projects that demonstrate his passion for music and his commitment to diversity and inclusion.

As an entrepreneur, he created the Mostra De Violão da Lira Ceciliana, a guitar festival in Prados (Brazil) which is currently on its fifth edition. During the social distancing time, Octávio remotely created BCGC - Brazilian Classical Guitar Community, served as a coordinator, working alongside fellow guitarists to promote and develop online projects that celebrate Brazilian music, its performers and composers. For the 2024 season, he will be the curator of Centro Cultural Yves Alves, a major concert venue in Minas Gerais, Brazil. He recently created SERTÃO, an art collective based in New York to promote artists of Hispanic and Portuguese heritage.

Teachers who contributed to Deluchi’s formation are Guilherme Vincens, João Luiz, Robert Trent, Paulo Martelli, Fábio Zanon, Vladmir Agostini, and Ian Guest. He pursued his education at Universidade Federal de São João Del Rei (UFSJ) in Brazil, and Radford University (RU) in Virginia, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University. As an educator, he has maintained a private studio since 2014 and has been teaching for more than ten years. His instructional expertise extends to Ezra Guitar in New York City, the undergraduate degree programs at Stony Brook University and Radford University. Octávio Deluchi is endorsed by two internationally acclaimed brands: Augustine Strings and CrossRock Cases.

Octávio's other interests include painting and photography–some of the covers of his arrangements and compositions published in the U.S. feature his own paintings. The love for photography came with the desire to register daily life and its narratives, showing how meaning is attached to a certain place. Worth mentioning is Octávio’s study of the psychology of performance and how mind and body work in such a context. He is passionate about topics such as the ow and the optimal experience of the mind, and tries to apply these concepts daily hoping for a positive impact on his performances and life more broadly.

© Drew Bordeaux - 2023

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