Berklee Summer Concert SeriesItalo Cunha Group
Italo Cunha, an 18-year-old jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger, was born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil. He comes from a musical family: His mother was a piano teacher and his aunt a classical pianist/teacher at the renowned Escola de Musica de Brasilia. Cunha started playing piano at the age of 4 and guitar when he was 9, studying with key figures in the Brazilian jazz scene such as Paulo André Tavares, Lula Galvão, and Nelson Faria. By the age of 12 he was performing at some of the major venues and festivals in Brazil.
During his high school years he received various prizes and honors, including first prize at Festbandas in 2004 and third prize in the International Guitar Competition of Souza Lima. Cunha was the youngest person ever to receive a degree in contemporary musical education from the Toque de Classe Institute, and was chosen by the Escola de Musica de Brasilia to play for the Minister of Education of Brazil.
Cunha currently attends Berklee on a scholarship. One of his original compositions appears on student-run Jazz Revelation Records's 2010 album.