Brazilian guitarist Ariel Gragnani is a passionate musician, performer and educator. Having received his Undergraduate and Masters of Performance from the Royal College of Music, Ariel graduated with distinction, claiming first prize in the 2013 RCM Guitar Competition. He was an RCM scholar, supported by the Leverhulme and the Lucy Ann Jones scholarship funds.
Ariel grew up in the city of Sao Paulo and first took interest for guitar at the age of 8, learning the music of Villa-Lobos, Garoto, Joao Pernambuco, Ernesto Nazareh and other composers of classical and characteristic Brazilian music. He joined the Conservatoire of Tatui in Sao Paulo, where he studied latin jazz, harmony and improvisation. Ariel later moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music where he studied under professors Gary Ryan and Chris Stell. During the six years at the Royal College, Ariel had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with some of the leading figures in international music.
In performing, Ariel enjoys a unique career, performing solo on the classical guitar as well as in ensembles, playing traditional Brazilian music, latin, jazz and blues. Ariel is also a very dedicated music educator. He teaches privately from a studio in central London as well as at the London Youth Conservatoire. Ariel lives in East Sussex, in the heart of the Ashdown Forest with his wife and two young children.