Born in Barrio Alto, Piracicaba, in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, Alessandro dos Santos Penezzi began playing guitar at the age of 7. A few years later, he lied about his age to study with the great Sergio Napoleao Belluco, who would only take students who were at least the age of 12.
In addition to the classical guitar, Penezzi plays the ukulele, mandolin, tenor guitar and a variety of woodwinds. He writes for various music magazines in Brazil and is a sought-after performer, composer and teacher. He has toured Russia, the United States and Angola, and performed with many noted musicians such as such as Dominguinhos, Yamandu Costa, Zimbo Trio, Beth Carvalho, Silvio Caldas, Danilo Brito, and Renato Borghetti.
Released earlier this year, his latest CD Cordas ao Vento (Strings in the Wind) features 10 original compositions by Penezzi and his amazing performances with clarinetist Alexandre Ribeiro, with whom he will be touring.