Photo by Carol de Hollanda
From Rio de Janeiro, Daniel Marques became a reference in Brazilian guitar worldwide. Won major awards in different countries for his music and continues to explore telling different stories with his instrument.
As the leader, producer and arranger of Orquestra Frevo Diabo Daniel won in 2010 the most important prize in Brazilian music, the “Prêmio da Música Brasileira”. His last duo album with saxophonist Rodrigo Ursaia was listed in 2016 as one of the best instrumentalists of the year (www.melhoresdamusicabrasileira.com, 2015) and won The Akademia Music Awards (Los Angeles/New york) prize for best album at the same year. Currently he is the producer of the Explorative Music Festival in Berlin.
Since 2008, he has been performing sporadically at the festivities for the birthday celebration of princess Viktoria of Sweden. Queen Sylvia has Brazilian roots.
Daniel has performed in solo, duo and trio formats and alongside orchestras in more than 200 worldwide cities throughout Europe, USA, Asia and South America in festivals such as the Copenhaguen Jazz, Shunde OCT Jazz, Calcutta Guitar Festival, APAP in NYC, SXSW in Texas, Chicago World Music Festival, Tampere Guitar Fest, Mir Guitar Festival, Uppsalla Guitar Festival, Guitar Art Festival, Haapavesi Folk, Nisville Jazz among others.
Marques has played and recorded extensively with renowned Brazilian artists such as Hermeto Pascoal, Paulo Moura, Guinga, Carlos Malta, Yamandu Costa among others. And international ones, sometimes sharing the same bill in different venues: Paco de Lucia, Randy Brecker, Stanley jordan, John Williams, Charlie Hunter, Incognito, Dominic Miller...
Daniel Marques previously got his bachelor’s degree in guitar from UFRJ in Rio de Janeiro and a master’s degree from the same institution, writing “O violão no Frevo: uma linguagem em construção” as his final thesis approaching the guitar in carnival music. He had also the chance to be a professor in UFRJ for a few years before focusing on his solo career as a performer and gathering recognition as an artist worldwide.