Associate Professor, part-time

Ricardo Peixoto


Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, came to the US on scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with a BM in Performance and including studies with Pat Metheny, Gary Burton and Mick Goodrick. In the Bay Area studied classical guitar with George Sakellariou. Ricardo’s fluid melodic style and keen compositional sense explore Brazil’s rich and diverse traditions while incorporating elements of jazz and classical guitar, placing him among the top representatives of Brazilian guitar in the US today. Recorded, performed, and collaborated with Claudia Villela, Flora Purim and Airto, Bud Shank, Dom Um Romão, Sivuca, Claudio Roditi, Raul de Souza, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, Arturo Sandoval, Spok, Jovino Santos Neto, Marcos Silva, Almir Côrtes, Rogério Souza, Terra Sul, and the Berkeley Choro Ensemble among others. Has performed throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil. Teacher and lecturer at California Brazil Camp and Jazz Camp West, and has taught at the California Jazz Conservatory (F.K.A the Jazzschool) for the last several years.