BRUNO MANGUEIRA was born in Vitoria, Brazil in 1978. He has been appearing on the Brazilian and international scenes as a guitarist, composer and arranger. He started playing guitar at the age of 4, through his father. At 16 he began his professional activities as a big band guitarist. In 1998 he moved to the city of Campinas, where he completed his bachelor's, master's and doctorate in music from the University of Campinas (Unicamp). He also lived in São Paulo, New York City and Cincinnati, where he developed part of his doctoral studies as a visiting scholar at the University of Cincinnati.
Bruno has participated in concerts and recordings alongside Brazilian artists including Zizi Possi, Leila Pinheiro, Toninho Horta, Nelson Ayres, Gilson Peranzzetta, Paulo Jobim, Filó Machado, Sizão Machado and Helio Alves. His work with American artists has included Phil DeGreg, Rick DellaRatta, Mandy Gaines, Kim Pensyl and Paul Keller. In Paris, he has played with Leonardo Montana, Bruno Schorp and Fred Pasqua.
Appearing as a soloist with symphony orchestras and big bands in Brazil and the U.S., he has worked as arranger and musical director for various CDs, DVD and concerts. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by orchestras and big bands in several Brazilian and North American cities.
His recordings as a group member include the CDs of the Trio Azeviche (2007), big band Banda Urbana (2011), and trio with Nailor Proveta and Carlos Roberto Oliveira on Companhia Sarau – Mostra Instrumental (2007).
His first album as a soloist, Bruno Mangueira (2009), featured appearances by Toninho Horta, Nailor Proveta, Toninho Ferragutti and Léa Freire. This album was released at the TV show Instrumental SESC Brasil (SescTV), recorded in a live concert in São Paulo, and also had a concert in New York City. It was pre-nominated for the Brazilian Music Award.
Bruno’s second CD, Camburi (2013), features guest Brazilian artists Leila Pinheiro, Filó Machado, Beth Bruno and Gilson Peranzzetta. It was released in Brazilian and U.S. cities, including Bruno’s concert with symphony orchestra and big band at the University of Louisville Jazz Fest 2014 — an event that also featured bassist Christian McBride.
His current projects include Brazilian major singer Zizi Possi's new show "Zizi Possi sings Chico and Edu", featuring songs by Chico Buarque and Edu Lobo, and the completion of a CD in collaboration with pianist Phil DeGreg, recorded in the USA.
His educational activities include the Sao Paulo State Music School (2009–11), numerous guest masterclasses and workshops in Brazil and at North American universities incuding the Univ. of Louisvile and Univ. of Cincinnati. He is currently a professor at the University of Brasilia (UnB), specializing in Brazilian and Jazz Guitar, Harmony and Improvisation and Ensembles, and also coordinating the project "Música Popular UnB" and the UnB Popular Music Festival.