Luis Leite was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, in a familiar musical atmosphere. His grandfather, an amateur musician who played the guitar every day, taught him the first chords. His father and uncles also played regularly, and the guitar was the instrument that gathered everyone around the music.
With an interest in various musical aspects, Luis navigated from early on through different styles, from Chôro and jazz to classical music, starting to perform professionally at age 14 with the Grupo Camerístico de Violões.
He studied guitar at UniRio and at age 19, after receiving the first place in national guitar contests, he studied in the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy).
He later moved to Vienna, where he lived for a decade, receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Universität für Musik Wien, under the guidance of renowned guitarist Alvaro Pierri.
During his time in Europe, Luis received the first place in international guitar contests, such as the John Duarte International Guitar Competition (Rust) and the Ivor Mairants International Guitar Competition (London).
He returned to Brazil assuming the chair of Guitar of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, where since then he coordinates the Bachelor’s degree in Guitar. He completed his Doctor of Music (PhD) in Music at University of Rio de Janeiro (UniRio) developing a research on new languages of musical improvisation. He was also the winner of the 11th BDMG Brazilian Instrumental Music Award in Belo Horizonte.
Luis recorded the albums ‘Mundo Urbano’, ‘Vento Sul’ and ‘Ostinato’ and performed solo guitar recordings for several television networks such as Radio Española Española (TVE), ORF Austria, SESC TV, TV Brasil, etc.
With intense international activity, Luis has already performed in more than 20 countries. In Brazil, he has performed at various festivals and theaters in the country.