BIOGRAPHY

 

Leandro Pellegrino is an internationally acclaimed guitarist who has been steadily developing his reputation as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Leandro studied music composition and Jazz improvisations in during his teenage years. After earning his Bachelor degree, Leandro auditioned for the prestigious Berklee College of Music and was awarded a full ride scholarship to pursue his studies in Jazz and improvised music. 

In the Fall of 2011, Leandro moved to U.S to live his dream of being immersed in the country’s fertile musical environment. Since then he has gained an impressive reputation among his peers and had the chance to work with many of the greatest Jazz musicians in activity. He has already performed with Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, Manu Katché, John Pattittuci, Bob Cranshaw, Terri Lyne Carrington, Romero Lubambo, Eric Harland, Donny McCaslin, Gerald Clayton, Erik Truffaz, among others. He is also part of the Grammy award winner album “Beautiful Life” by the exceptional jazz singer Dianne Reeves.

Back in 2013, Leandro entered the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition and was awarded the 1st prize by the hands of the legendary Lee Ritenour. He was also the first South American guitarist to ever win this Competition. On the following year, Leandro performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival as the opening act for Lee Ritenour. Since then Leandro has been performing and teaching all over the world. He is currently working on the pre-production of his debut album.

Leandro is endorsed by Benedetto Guitars and currently performs on his Bravo model.

 
(Leandro)demonstrated his stylistic breadth by playing a stunning, leisurely-paced interpretation of the standard “Darn That Dream” and then ripping off a technically-demanding version of a vintage Brazilian choro by composer Garoto
— All About Jazz