Diogo Andrade started playing classical guitar at the age of 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Learned classical intensely with two different private teachers. After 5 years studying classical Diogo started to play the electric guitar and soon joined local rockband named KEOPS.
Playing a lot of local parties in their hometown Rio de Janeiro. In 2000 Diogo was living in California for 2 years and decided to resume his classical guitar lessons at Grossmont College. He took private lessons with Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda.
After two years of hard working with an associate degree he got the opportunity to start teaching at Alan's music Center. Teaching at Alan's Music Diogo never stopped learning and playing around california. He formed brazilian group Samba CHOPPS, Solemar and played at places like 4th & B, Canes, Cafe Sevilla, Belly Up, and numerous private parties.
Diogo also plays with two rock bands; NaCalifa BAND and Parallel Project. The last big show was on Brazil Independence day for more than 15000 at Garnet st, Pacific Beach. In the biggest brazilian festival in San Diego to date.
But learning was always one of Diogo's biggest passions and for the past 5 years Diogo took workshops with Daniel Ho, George M. Jr and Tommy Emmanuel. Studying Hawaiian slac key guitar , and new composers like Tommy Emmanuel and Andrew York. Thoses new composers and their on styles on the guitar are the perfect combination for wedding ceremonies.
Diogo believes that along with traditional wedding music the new styles of guitar music for weddings offer a new flair to such an ancient tradition.
In the present Diogo performs several weddings per year, solo and with his bands. Diogo has been teaching at Allan's Music Center for 8 years, and is also leading the guitar program at Chaparral High School and Gateway West, both school from The Grossmont Union High School District.