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Edson Lopes graduated in 1978 from the Conservatory of Musical and Dramatic Arts "Dr. Carlos de Campos" in Tatuí, São Paulo (Brazil) in the field of classical guitar. In 2003, he received the title "Licentiate in Guitar Performance" from Trinity College London. He was the first prize winner in every guitar competition he entered, among them the "Young Instrumentalists Competition" (sponsored by "Rede Globo de Televisão") and the "1st National Guitar Competition" (sponsored by "Banco do Brasil"). In 1979, Edson participated in the XXII Course of "Musica en Compostela" in Spain, where, under the supervision of Andrés Segovia's assistant José Tomás, he received the "Most Exceptional Student" award and a full scholarship for the following year. Edson Lopes has performed throughout Brazil as a soloist, in duos and trios, and with orchestras. As a member of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, he performed in several cities in the US, including Dallas, Austin, Seattle, Hollywood, Washington DC, and New York City. The quartet participated in the "33rd Arts Festival" in Hong Kong and the "7th International Guitar Festival" in Monterrey, Mexico in 2005, and in the “5th International Guitar Festival” in Aarhus, Denmark in 2006. Edson has also performed with the Quarteto Vivace Brasil (flute, two guitars, and percussion) in tours throughout the US.