In addition to his well-known work as an interpreter, in concert music, Vicente Paschoal has been showing, in recent years, a keen talent for composition. Devoting himself not only to instrumental music, but also to the popular universe of Brazilian songwriters, he seeks a delicate and reflective repertoire, on aspects of musical poetics, and challenges the ways of guitar technique. Through that, Paschoal reveals the guitar in all its potential and expression. Vicente Paschoal is Brazilian, born in Rio de Janeiro. At the age of 18, he already had a significant work with songs, some of which are played, nowadays, by different interpreters of Brazilian Popular Music. Guided by Carlos Alberto de Carvalho, a classical guitar pedagogue from Rio, he worked on a vast repertoire, and performed as a soloist in the main concert halls in Brazil, accumulating some prizes in National guitar competitions, such as the Souza Lima and the Musicalis – the two most important and traditional prizes in the country, in the time, directed by the late Henrique Pinto and by Gilson Antunes.
Since 2007, he has been teaching technique and interpretation classes for concert players and guitar professionals, having, since then, active students in the Brazilian music scene, some of them, awarded in several national competitions. During all this time, Vicente Paschoal never left composition aside and, in June 2012, he premiered one of his works, Passacaglia – Homage to Frank Martin – in his concert at Ciclo Violonístico de Niterói – Teatro Municipal. And, in 2016, his Fantasia e Fuga in the series Guitars at Av-Rio – Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal, in Rio de Janeiro. Table. And, in 2019, his work, Dialogus N.1, was premiered by Gilson Antunes, in São Paulo at Musicalis – Núcleo de Música. The Seven Preludes and the Five Dedications, for guitar. This project includes the premiere of Prelude N.6, by Wagner Tiburtuno, and Dedication N.5, by André Marcílio. Recently, in April 2021, he had his first Sonata – Homage to Manuel Maria Ponce, premiered in Radford, Virginia, by Octávio Deluchi.
Vicente Paschoal is a musician of many facets. Concert performer, successful teacher with several award-winning students, as well as an inspired and versatile composer, who transits with equal ease in the erudite and in the popular side. His sound, without any exaggeration, is among the most beautiful of the current guitar, full, penetrating, and rich in colors and nuances, an essential quality of a musician of great sensitivity. – Sérgio Abreu
Vicente Paschoal represents the highest level of technical improvement in his instrument, originating from a solid and competent orientation, thus being able to highlight his musicality, with a clear sound and an intelligent game of nuances. – Henrique Pinto
Vicente is much more than a good musician; he is an artist, he was born with a vocation for music and he is aware of this responsibility. He is a crack. – Guinga