About Ney De Mello Mattos
Get to know Ney De Mello Mattos
Ney has received numerous awards and top peer recognition for his work and has performed on television several times. In 2004, Ney was nominated for the United Nations World Culture Open Award, and in 2005 he received 1st place in a US government competition for Best National Multimedia Soundtrack. He was chosen to represent the country of Brazil in the first Ibero-American Chamber Music Festival in Washington, DC., and has received 6 WAMMIE award nominations. He performed the electric guitar recording and processing for two number 1&2 hit songs in 2006, while two others of Ney’s original songs were commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2008 Hollywood movie Iron Man. Ney has performed solo guitar for both Vice President Al Gore and First Lady Barbara Bush, and performs in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Kenya, Brazil, and The Washington DC area, in venues like the Kennedy Center, and the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
Along with performing, Ney also possesses a passion for teaching. He has conducted master classes and workshops at institutions like Howard University, American University, Towson State University, and the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. In 2008, he released an international best-selling educational DVD called “Maximum Speed Picking with Ney Mello.” He has been teaching private guitar lessons at Music and Arts in Rockville since 1995, and also teaches at the International School of Music in Bethesda, and Compass Homeschool Classes in Virginia.
Ney's teaching philosophy and method is to keep the students excited about the guitar, bass, ukelele, by customizing the lesson plans to the individual student's needs and preferences. Young children, teen agers, and adult students have their lesson plans tailored to their specific musical needs and goals.