Brazilian guitarist Josinaldo Costa, a recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil) and a Master’s degree from the University of Akron, where he studied with Mauro Maibrada and Stephen Aron. During his undergraduate studies, the successful participation in classical guitar events in Brazil resulted in important opportunities, including performances as a soloist with the Recife Symphony Orchestra, Pernambuco Youth Orchestra, and the award of a FIPSE/CAPES scholarship to study at East Carolina University with Dr. Elliot Frank.
Appearing as a guest chamber and solo performer in concert series such as the Virtuosi na Serra, ViolaoPE, AV-Rio (Brazil), Guitar Fort Worth, The Ritsos Project (Greece), Karlovac Summer Guitar Festival (Croatia) and in historical halls such as the Santa Isabel Theatre (Brazil), he is also a featured guest artist and teacher in institutions such as the Texas Wesleyan University and Western Carolina University. Josinaldo is a first prize winner of the Stroud Classical Guitar Competition and the recipient of the Performance Certificate distinction from the Eastman School. Most recently, he has been selected to participate in the highly competitive class of Maestro Oscar Ghiglia at the historical Accademia Chigiana (Siena, Italy) and in the MusicAlp Festival (Tignes, France) in the class of renowned teacher Judicaël Perroy. Josinaldo was a teaching fellow during his stay in Akron and at the Eastman School of Music, where he also taught students of all levels at the Eastman Community Music School. His research in performance practice of the 18th and 19th centuries has a focus in the adaptation of the music of J.S. Bach to the classical guitar, and he also performs on the baroque guitar and romantic (19th cent.) guitar.
Josinaldo is a Contributing Editor for the Guitar Foundation of America Soundboard magazine and is currently based in Los Angeles area, where he serves as the Director of Guitar at Servite High School, one of the few full-time high school classical guitar curriculums in the United States. He is also a member of the new music group Ensemble Ritsos and maintains a permanent collaboration with Armin Abdihodzic in the Duo Alisio.