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. In 2021 he completed a post-doctorate at Queens College, City University of New York.
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 include the CDs Azeviche, (2007) Bruno Mangueira (2009), Camburi (2013), Without Borders (2019), and Essência (2020). The last two albums were produced in the U.S., and are collaborations with pianists Phil DeGreg and Otmaro Ruiz. Essência was recorded in Los Angeles and released by American label Blue Canoe Records.
Bruno appeared on the television shows Instrumental Sesc Brasil (SescTV) and Talentos Brasil (TV Câmara). He won 2nd place at the Tatuí MPB Festival and was pre-nominated for the Brazilian Music Award.
His educational activities include the Sao Paulo State Music School (2009–11), numerous guest masterclasses and workshops in Brazil and at North American universities including the Univ. of Louisville 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. Bruno is the author of the online course Violão Brasileiro (Brazilian Guitar).
Bruno plays a Cast JSaraiva Clave electric guitar.