Flavio Rodrigues was born in Sao Paulo (Brazil), and began playing the guitar with his father at the age of 5. In 1992, he entered in “Groove” (Free Music School), where he studied Popular Brazilian Music and Jazz with Mr. Leyve Miranda for three years. At the same time, in 1994, he starts to study flamenco guitar in the “Centro Flamenco Pepe de Córdoba” (Sao Paulo – Brazil), with Fernando de la Rua.
In 1998, he moved to Spain for the first time where he studied with three main flamenco guitar masters: Manolo Sanlúcar, Gerardo Núñez, and Rafael Riqueni. Since 2000, living in Madrid, he worked with main flamenco artists such as Antonio Canales, Miguel Poveda, Manuel Reyes, Maria Toledo, La China, Rafael Amargo, Rocío Molina, Olga Pericet, Domingo Ortega, Concha Jareño, Adela Campallo, Pastora Galván, Belén Fernández, Rafaela Carrasco, Belén Maya, Rubén Olmo, Manuel Liñán, Marco Flores, Maria Juncal, Belén Lopez, Alfonso Losa, José Maya, Pastora Soler, Rafael Estevez, Pitingo, Rafael Jiménez “Falo”, Talegón de Córdoba, Guadiana, Agustin Carbonell “Bola”, Lole Montoya (Lole and Manuel), Montse Cortes, Pepe Habichuela, José Jiménez “el Viejín”, José Luís Montón, Domingo Patricio, Juan Parrilla, Rubém Dantas, Juan Gomez “Chicuelo”, Jorge Pardo, José Soto “Sorderita”, and also with important Brazilian artists such as Filó Machado, Nana Vasconcelos, Giana Viscardi, Carlinhos Antunes, Flavia N, Yamandu Costa, Sizao Machado, Renato Martins, Thiago Espirito Santo, Alex Buck, etc.
He has also been invited to work with different groups and projects and colaborates with artists of different styles from another countries: Yoshida Brothers (Japan), The Savage Rose (Denmark), Trilok Gurtu (India), and Hossam Ramzy (Egypt), Riadh Fehri (Tunisia), Pedro Eustache (Venezuela). He was guitarist, composer and musical director of the Rafael Amargo’s Company (during 5 years), performing in over 40 countries with six different shows (“Amargo”, “Poeta en Nueva York”, “Intimo”, “Enramblao”, “D. Q. – Pasajero en Transito…” and “Tiempo Muerto”), performing in the most important theatres (Bunkamura – Tokyo, Champs Ellysses – Paris, City Center – New York, National Theatre – Beijin, Carthage’s Theatre – Tunis, Teatro Gran Rex – Buenos Aires, Auditorio Nacional – D.F. México, Gran Teatre Liceo – Barcelona, Teatro Municipal – Sao Palo, Teatro Real – Madrid, etc.).
Honors & Awards:
*Nominated at the “VIII Max Awards of Scenic Arts” in the categories “Best Original Music” and “Best Musical Director” for the show “Enramblao” of Rafael Amargo’s Company (2004).
*Finalist of “Paco de Lucia’s Award” – Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco (Spain, Cordoba 2007).
*“Flamenco Guitar Supervisor” of “Zorro, the Musical”, produced by Isabel Allende and directed by Chris Renshaw, with original music by the Gipsy Kings and John Cameron (premiered in London’s West End on 30th june, Garrick Theatre – 2008).
*Preview of his new solo album “Anyway” - Braziliam Tour (9 concerts in 8 major cities), within the Internacional Flamenco Festival and “Guitarisimo Series”, sponsored by Instituto Cervantes, and also in the 30th Anniversary – Festival Internacional de la Guitarra de Córdoba (Spain), with several international big names as Mark Knopfler, Paco de Lucía, Deep Purple, David Russell, Pepe Romero, Eva “La Yerbabuena”, Duo Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Leo Brouwer, with resounding success with audience and critics (2010).
*Winner of 3 Awards at “Festival de Música de Madrid” (FestiMad – Spain, 2011).
• “Best Flamenco Artist”
• “Newcomer Award”
• “Guitar Hero’s Audience Award” – “Best Live Performance”
*Winner of “100 Latinos” Award with several iternational celebrities such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Alfredo Di Stefano, Alaska, Carlos Baute, etc. (Fundación Fusionarte – Spain, 2012).
This Award is a recognition of the exemplary career of “100 Latin Immigrants”, who have made his life in Spain, contributing to the development of this nation and this country.