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Luís Penedo

(N. 1 January, 1941)

Luís Filipe Penedo was born in 1941 in Lisbon. He attended the (National High School) Liceu Nacional de Gil Vicente, and served the army at the Marinha de Guerra Portuguesa between 1962 and 1965. He graduated from Instituto Superior Técnico in Electronic Engineer in 1968.

He worked at TAP between 1968 and 1970. He worked for Portuguese IBM as a System Engineer and at the marketing department, ascending to the position of Commercial Director for Major Clients, both in Porto and Lisbon. He worked as Senior IBM Adviser from 1991to 1996, when he retired. He was President of the Portuguese Computer Science Association, Portuguese representative and board member of the World Computer Science Federation (IFIP), between 1983 and 1992.

He started learning Portuguese Guitar at 13 years old, as an autodidact and based on the former method by João Vitória. He took lessons with José Crispim, a popular Portuguese guitar player of Lisbon, between 1954 and 1955.

Meanwhile he formed a Grupo de Serenatas at Liceu de Gil Vicente. He was a pupil of the great Portuguese guitar player Domingos Camarinha, in 1958 and 1959. He perfected the Traditional Coimbra Guitar technique with Eduardo Craveiro, when he was in Lisbon, and took his place as first guitar in the Grupo de Serenatas do Orfeão Académico de Lisboa between 1959 and 1962.

He played compositions by Carlos Paredes with great enthusiasm from the moment they appeared. He is a member of the amateur group “Os Feiticeiros do Fado” since 1960.

In 1994 he founded the Academia da Guitarra Portuguesa e do Fado, being its director ever since. He also perfected the Traditional Lisbon Guitar technique with the master Carlos Gonçalves since 1996.

In 2003 he formed a Grupo de Tertúlia de Fado e Guitarra Tradicionais de Lisboa, as the result of an Academia project. With this Group, “Tertúlia do Fado Tradicional”, we recorded a limited edition CD, “Saudades do Fado”, with a didactic booklet.

He composed several songs for Lisbon Guitar and Coimbra Guitar, without leaving the ethnical features of the Portuguese Guitar. He studies and divulges traditional forms of Fado and Portuguese Guitar as ethnical expressions.

Luís Penedo is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Museu do Fado.




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