São Paulo, Brazil

Antonio Carlos Ribeiro Barbosa Lima (born 17 December 1944) is a Brasilian guitarist born in São Paulo, Brazil. Acclaimed as one of the world’s leading guitar masters, he devotes most of his time as a recitalist on international concert tours and regularly appears as a soloist with numerous major orchestras. Born on 17 December 1944 in São Paulo, Brazil, Barbosa-Lima grew up in the Brooklyn district of the cosmopolitan city. He states that he began playing the guitar at the age 7.

Barbosa-Lima recalls that his father (Manuel Carlos) had hired a music instructor to teach him how to play the guitar. The guitar lessons were then transferred from the father to the son, and the child became known in the neighborhood as a prodigy. After two years of lessons with Benedito Moreira, the young man was introduced to Brasilian guitarist composer Luiz Bonfa, at the time one of the leading musicians in the field. Under the strong recommendation of Bonfa, the young Carlos was directed to the father of the classical guitar school of Brasil, Isaias Savio.[4] At the behest of family friends and musical acquaintances, and with the firm support of his parents, the young Carlos publicly debuted at a solo concert hall appearance (in Sao Paulo) in November, 1957, when he was twelve years old.

The immediate rave reviews and enthousiastic public acclaim led to a subsequent invitation for the young guitarist to make his concert debut in Rio de Janeiro, at the time capital of Brazil, preceded by his television debut on a variety style TV show that featured young, up and coming Artists. This was March 1958, Barbosa-Lima was thirteen. These two public appearances led to a recording contract with the then up and coming Chantecler label, initially part of the RCA Brasil group. The LP recording, called "Dez Dedos Magicos Num Violao De Ouro" was released in June 1958, when he was 13 years old.