Heitor Villa-Lobos

Quick Facts

  • Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Played cello and classical guitar
  • Best-known South American composer of all time
  • Combined Brazilian folk music with classical music
  • At the age of 18, he traveled around Brazil, becoming well-acquainted with Afro-Brazilian music.
  • He was the director of music education in the São Paulo school system and eventually led the music education of the whole country of Brazil.
  • He toured the United States and Europe as a composer and conductor, eventually writing more than 2,000 pieces of music.


  • Villa-Lobos Poster (PDF)

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