Dudu MaiaArtistic Director, FacultyChoro
Dudu Maia brings a lifetime of research and study of Brazil’s greatest musical traditions to his work. A virtuoso of the bandolim (a Portuguese version of the mandolin), Dudu served for five years as the bandolim professor of Brazil’s most respected Choro school, the Escola Brasileira de Choro Raphael Rabello in Brasília. He is known for his soulful style, unique touch and his mastery of the 10-stringed bandolim, which has two more strings than the standard bandolim, expanding its musical range and harmonic possibilities. He has developed his own method of teaching the bandolim and travels extensively throughout the world teaching and performing. Dudu also hosts the nationally broadcast TV show Programa Casa do Som which is recorded in his home studio. The show features recording sessions and interviews with outstanding musicians from Brazil and abroad and is available on its own YouTube Channel. In addition to his solo career, Dudu is a member of the groups Caraivana, Aquattro and Trio Brasileiro and has served as Artistic Director of Centrum’s Choro Workshop since 2011.
In 2017, together with Anat Cohen and the Trio Brasileiro, Dudu went on tour to launch their new album, recorded in Dudu Maia’s studio, “Rosa dos Ventos.” Their tour included concerts in the United States, Germany, France, Italy, and the Czech Republic. After its release, the album was nominated for the 60th Grammy Awards in the “Best World Music Album” category.