“The sense of sacred music and worship in Bach’s music are present in the lyricism and musicality of Nander Novaes...” (Ernesto Bitetti, Chair of the Guitar Department at Indiana University, 2010).
A classical guitarist from São Paulo, Brazil, Nander Novaes is regularly noted for his outstanding communicative gifts, as well as for his engaging and virtuosic skills as a music performer. Nander Novaes began his music studies in guitar and music theory under the guidance of his parents, Eunice e Orlando Novaes, both professional musicians and ministers of music in the Methodist Church of Brazil. In his home country, Mr. Novaes first formal studies in classical guitar took place at the Heitor Villa-Lobos Conservatory of Music under his father’s advisory. At the age of 18, he was the youngest musician to be invited by the leadership body of the Methodist Church of Brazil to occupy a position as a Director of Music, an unprecedented achievement which years later would give him the opportunity of representing Brazil at the CIEMAL – Congresso de Igrejas Evangélicas Metodistas da América Latina in Buenos Aires.
In 1999 the Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo accepted him on a competitive basis, granting him a scholarship in guitar performance program under the tutelage of Henrique Pinto. At this same Brazilian institution, he attended the national acclaimed course in choir conducting under the advisory Naomi Munakata, director of the Coro Sinfônico do Estado de São Paulo. In the meantime, the Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul granted Mr. Novaes a scholarship to complete his Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance under the tutelage of both Dr. Paulo de Tarso Salles and Dr. Edilson de Lima. Already in his first year as a student at this institution, he was invited to assume a position as an Assistant Instructor in Guitar and Music Theory. His recital debut took place at the Sala Assis Chateaubriand at the Museu de Artes de São Paulo (MASP).
After his graduation in 2003, Mr. Novaes decided to pursue further graduate studies at the Universidade de São Paulo, where he attended Lorenzo Mammi’s classes as a special student in the Musicology Program course Genesis of Music Notation, presented his monograph Tablature Notation System for Old Plucked Stringed Instruments - from Renaissance to Baroque Period. In 2004, in the category of a special student at the Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP, he pursued further studies in the subjects Methodological Perspectives in Brasilian Historic Musicology. Subsequently, he gave recitals throughout Sao Paulo dedicated to the repertoire related to his areas of research, and attended conferences and masterclasses in Brazil with worldwide renowned classical guitarists such as Fabio Zanon (Brazil), Eli Kasner (Canada), Hubert Küppel (Germany), and R. Thomas Patterson (University of Arizona).
Upon the invitation of Mr. Ernesto Bitetti (Chair of the Guitar Department at Indiana University) and recommendations of Henrique Pinto, Dr. Thomas Patterson and Dr. Edilson de Lima, Nander Novaes accepted an invitation to pursue graduate studies in Music Performance at the international acclaimed Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Besides having completed a Guitar Performer Diploma degree in 2010, the university granted Mr. Novaes the prestigious Associate Instructorship. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s in Guitar Performance under the tutelage of Ernesto Bitetti. As for his complimentary degrees at the Jacobs School of Music, Nander Novaes graduated in Sacred Music and Early Music Voice, having as his advisors the professors Dr. Janette Fishell (Organ Department Chair) and Dr. Paul Elliott (Early Music Department Chair). Also regarded as a gifted low bass singer, Nander Novaes has performed concerts in the United States as a member of the prominent vocal consort Vox Reflexa under the direction of Ben Geier, and the Concentus Ensemble under the direction of both Paul Elliott and Nigel North.
Nander Novaes has concertized in Brazil, Argentina, and United States. His repertoire includes works by J. S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Dionisio Aguado, Johan Kaspar Mertz, Francisco Tárrega, Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Augustin Barrios, M. Castelnuevo Tedesco, and Villa-Lobos among others. Aside from his duties as a performer, Mr. Novaes is highly dedicated to the art of teaching, and at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music he has built a solid foundation towards the academic life as a music educator. Currently, he is releasing his first solo CD entitled Allegro, recorded at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church of Bloomington. The project has Nander as its executive producer and Vince Go as its producer and engineer. He currently resides in São Paulo, Brazil, with his wife Ana Cláudia de Novaes.