"I consider Octavio Deluchi to be one of the greatest guitar talents of the new generation. He has an incredible technique combined with a natural musicality, allowing him to perform the most difficult works in the repertoire with ease. " - Paulo Martelli
Octávio Deluchi has been establishing himself as a leading musician of the new generation of guitarists, in Brazil and abroad. Praised as one of the most active and brilliant soloists from his generation (Acervo Digital do Violão Brasileiro) by the specialized press, he has become not only a reference as a performer on stage, for his many awards at national and international levels, but also for his work beyond the boundaries of the six-string instrument. Some of his awards include IBLA Grand Prize (ITA- USA), Foundations Awards Recipient (USA), BDMG Jovem Músico (BRA), Prêmio Revelação II Concurso Movimento Violão (BRA), and the first place/prize at 1 (BRA), Musicalis National Guitar Competition (BRA), and Charlottesville Guitar Competition (USA). For two consecutive years, he was the recipient of Dr. Robert S. Trent Endowed Classical Scholarship and Program Fund, at Radford University (VA).
Octávio is currently a doctoral student (DMA) at Stony Brook University, under the guidance of Dr. João Luiz. Important names in his development as a musician and guitar player are Guilherme Vincens, Robert Trent, Paulo Martelli, Fabio Zanon, and Vladmir Agostini. In addition, he is also an Augustine Ambassador, being supported by Augustine Strings company, one of the leading brands worldwide in the guitar field. Deluchi is a strong advocate for new music, having premiered works from Vicente Paschoal, João Luiz Rezende, Juliano Camara, Luis Carlos Barbieri, Cleisson José, Terrance Shepherd, Megan Deslinger, Mary Simmons, and others. An important part of this commitment is not only to premiere the pieces but also to carefully work with the composers themselves, developing a faithful sonic representation for their work and creating strategies to make sure the compositions will reach out the audiences. Some of the scheduled premieres include works by Elodie Bouny, Diego Salvetti, Levy Oliveira, and Jean Lopes. As a composer, arranger, and editor, his works are published by Guitar Chamber Music Press in the United States and by Acervo Digital do Violão Brasileiro, in Brazil.
Deluchi has actively performed in important cities like New York City, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte, being featured in different venues and events, such as Composer's Now (NYC), Americas Society/Council of Americas (NYC); Odeon Guitar Series (NYC); Starry Nights (NY); Guitar by Masters (USA); VMEA (USA); Musik Expedition International Music Festival; Sao Joao del Rei's Inverno Cultural (MG-BRA); IFCE Ciclo Violonístico (CE-BRA); Souza Lima Guitar Competition (SP-BRA); Festival Internacional de Violão do Espírito Santo (ES-BRA); BNDES Quartas Instrumentais (RJ); Triade/Vioesp (SP-BRA); Music Talking; and more. He is often is a guest artist and jury member in Brazilian festivals and competitions and he had projects approved in different grants in Brazil, like SESI-FIEMG and BNDES.
Since 2020, Octávio is a BCGC coordinator - Brazilian Classical Guitar Community, an online platform created to premiere, produce and release projects with an emphasis on the Brazilian repertoire, composers, and its players, during social distancing time. The project is a partnership between Octavio Deluchi, Nicolas Porto Silva, Camilla Silva, and Gabriele Leite, and has already developed connections with more than 60 guitarists worldwide, in places such as Brazil, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Argentina, Portugal, Finland, Austria, and Italy. Octavio is a guest artist and guitar professor at Prados Music Festival since 2018, in Brazil, performing as a soloist, with the orchestra, and in diverse chamber arrangements. The festival, one of the most traditional ones in the country, was established in the 70's, featuring especially chamber music in a daily basis concert series. As a chamber musician, Deluchi has played with names such as João Luiz, Guilherme Vincens, Robert Trent, Rosana Diniz, Fabio Chamma, Gustavo Fontes, Jefrey Andrade, Rafael Ávila, Felipe Oliveira, Nora Spielman, Nate Hurvard, Robert Trent, Geraldo Neto, Jean Gomes, Rodrigo Frade, Ana Chinelato, William Neres, Andre Bachur, Adhemar Campos Neto, Guido Campos, Rosberg Patrocínio, and more.
He is a founder member and current collaborator for AssoVio Vertentes - Vertentes Guitar Association. The group was created in 2016 with Jefrey Andrade, Adailson Araújo, and Rodolfo Mantovani, and have Jean Gomes and Marcelo Azevedo as current board members as well. AssoVio Vertentes has promoted more than 80 events, between concerts, masterclasses, and workshops in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The main events promoted by the association are the Vertentes Guitar Festival, and the AssoVio Vertentes National Guitar Competition, the latter one happening every two years. Some of the artists that worked and performed for AssoVio Vertentes include Duo Siqueira-Lima, Marco Pereira, Gilson Antunes, Duo Vincens-Maciel, Thiago Colombo, Daniel Wolff, Duo Reis-Barbeitas, Paulo Inda, Moacyr Teixeira Neto, Claudia Garcia, and more. In the most recent event, Festival Escrita Fina/Composição em Pauta (2021), 24 four new pieces for guitar were premiered and released, done through a partnership between composers and performers.
During the 2020-2021 season, in collaboration with Heloisa Carbonera, Octavio co-produced a podcast called Música Sem Nome, approaching themes related to the musical field and its experiences as a professional and student. Some of the guests and interviews featured Yara Casnok, Sidney Molina, Thiago Abdalla, Abel Moraes, Carla Reis, Antonio Carlos Guimaraes, Pedro Aspahan, Paola Pichersky, and more. The podcast is still available at the streaming service of your preference. In 2018-2019, Octávio was the music director of Chaos das Cinco, a multimedia show developed and presented by Alice/GTRANS (UFSJ), coordinated by Dr. Flavio Schiavoni, Dr. Rogerio Constante, and Dr. Adilson Siqueira. The show toured in different cities in Brasil, being presented in important events such as Sons de Silício (USP/SP) and Museu Mineiro-SAD (MG). It featured computer music, live coding, and acting, passing through concepts of ubiquitous music, technology, and politics. Also, during the same period, he was the coordinator of Domingo na Lira concert series, with a total of 19 concerts in Prados, Minas Gerais. The series established partnerships with other programs in the region, presenting performances of Tadeu Coelho, Mariana Jelen, Trio Clan, Duo Aduar, Duo Vertentes, among others, in the 2018-2019 season.
Over the period of 2015-2019, during his time at Sao Joao Del Rei Federal University (UFSJ), as a student, he performed more than 100 concerts, between solo recitals, chamber music concerts, institutional appointments, and outside projects. Octávio holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Guitar at São João del Rei Federal University - UFSJ (MG), studying with Dr. Guilherme Vincens, and a Master's in Music at Radford University (VA), studying with Dr. Robert Trent.
As a music educator and guitar professor, Octávio works with private students since 2014. More recently, with a concert preparation focus, some of his students were successfully approved in auditions in Brazil. For two consecutive years, he was the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at Radford University (VA), working with undergraduate students at the same institution. From 2017 to 2019, Octávio was the coordinator of Violão na Lira program, a project with roughly 30 guitar students distributed in two ensembles, with group and individual lessons. The groups actively performed in different occasions, working with a concert music repertoire and with exclusive arrangements for three and four guitars. Between 2015 and 2018, Octávio was supervised by Vladmir Cerqueira, working in different cities on Minas Gerais and as a guitar instructor at the Musica Viva project. Some of the projects and activities related to popular music that he took part include samba percussion groups, rock music as electric guitarist and Brazilian popular music accompanying singers.