Fabio Zanon is one of the most internationally acclaimed Brazilian artists. He is celebrated for interpretations that blend imagination, integrity, and a powerful sound. His activities as a conductor, educator, and promoter of classical music have contributed to placing classical guitar in a broader cultural perspective.
Winner of the most prestigious international guitar competitions, such as the GFA in the USA, Francisco Tárrega in Spain, and Alessandria in Italy, Fabio has performed in over 50 countries, in venues like the Royal Festival Hall in London, Philharmonie in Berlin, Sala Tchaikovsky in Moscow, and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and also as guest artist by leading orchestras like the London Philharmonic, Russian State Orchestra, Berliner Camerata, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and Dublin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
His repertoire includes over 40 guitar concertos, many of which premiered worldwide, and he is dedicated to chamber music with great enthusiasm, exploring a wide variety of combinations and genres.
He is the author of the book "Villa-Lobos" and has conceived and presented programs such as "The Art of the Guitar" and "The Brazilian Guitar" on Radio Cultura in São Paulo, as well as the podcast "Lira."
Fabio is a professor and Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music in London and serves as the artistic and pedagogical coordinator of the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival.
"There are many good technicians playing the guitar today, but in depth of musicianship none can compare to Fabio Zanon."
Kommersant, St Petersburg
"His projection of subtlety and extremity made the guitar achieve an almost orchestral variety of sound. More remarkable still were his rhythmic discipline and his flair in deploying his battery of effects. (…) Zanon is a fine guitarist; but above all he is a profound musician."
The Irish Times, Dublin
"(…) Zanon is a phenomenal performer. His technique borders on the super-human, and his most distinguishing trait is his consummate musicianship. The purity of tone is warm and seductive. (…) Zanon captured the sheer elegance of the [Scarlatti’s] sonata grouping, with every microscopic nuance emoting a fleeting fantasy supported by scholarly study. (...) Zanon is a guitarist’s guitarist and a musician’s musician."
The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City
"I do not hesitate to suggest that Fabio Zanon may become one of the most important guitarists of his generation. In his Seattle concert he displayed not only a rare ability on the instrument, but also a learned approach which was neither dry nor pompous. (…) He seems to take all matters into consideration, carefully constructing a partnership with the composer. (…) If there is any question of the continuing progress of Segovia’s efforts, Zanon proves that the guitar is very much alive."
Seattle Guitar Society Datebook, Seattle
"He commands a wonderfully mellow tone and his articulation is dazzling. (…) I have heard a good many guitarists in the last few years, but none to rival this wonderful player. Next time he plays at Wigmore he should have queues as far as Selfridge's."
Musical Opinion, UK