Skip to main content

Ricardo Mata

I started my musical career in 1995, having initially studied with Master José Duarte Costa at the Duarte Costa Guitar School. At his own invitation, I started teaching at the same school in 1996 where I took my first steps as a teacher.

Aware of the need for continuous training, I went through my academic path with teachers framed in different musical styles, which contributed to a greater scope in the knowledge and study of other musical languages such as Jazz or the Blues, which proved to be essential in my way to play and teach.

Having the classical guitar as the main reference, in 1999 I entered the Classical Guitar course at the Academia de Amadores de Música under the guidance of Paulo Valente Pereira. In the same year, I recorded an album of classical Iberian music at the invitation of lyrical singer Miguel Vaz Serra, in London. At the same time, I maintained an interest in other forms of learning, participating in masterclasses for improvement in Portugal and abroad.

In these, I had the opportunity to meet Croatian guitarist Dejan Ivanovich, a crucial moment of learning and interpretive maturity, which led me to successfully complete the Classical Guitar course at the National Conservatory of Lisbon, as a self-proposed student.

Aware that I needed more goals, in 2002, I started studying the Portuguese Guitar under the guidance of João Torre do Vale. The Portuguese guitar is a fascinating universe with which I discovered another instrument and other sounds.

Since 2002, I have studied the Portuguese guitar intensively with various masters, both in the Lisbon style and in the Coimbra style. Always connected to musical pedagogy, I am cementing my position as a Classical Guitar and Portuguese Guitar Teacher.

In 2006 I launched my Youtube channel (Ferreiramata), in which I approach a more popular repertoire, but also more erudite and it has proved to be a success both in Portugal and abroad, with thousands of views and hundreds of subscribers.

In 2015 I launched my Professional Youtube channel which is dedicated exclusively to Classical Guitar and Portuguese Guitar Instrumental music.

Other Formations – Musical Pedagogy for Children – Ana Ferrão
Flamenco Guitar (Initiation) – Oscar Herrero and José Luis Postigo

Teaching Classical Guitar since 1997 and Portuguese Guitar since 2003




Years of Experience


Online Videos

What the students say:

With roughly a year of learning the viola, I think I have acquired work bases, which now allow a faster progression, thanks to the fluency of what he transmits and his ease of communication. Thanks!

João Negrão

My first 8 classical guitar lessons with Ricardo were a Christmas present in 2015. Without any knowledge of music, I liked the originality of the gift and decided to give it a try, but I thought it would be my experience. After all, the stimulating but relaxed environment, and the friendliness, patience and professionalism of the teacher, have been more than enough incentives to keep it going, and it has lasted for almost a year.

Ana Figueira

I've known Professor Ricardo Mata for about a year. Already retired from my university career, I pursued my desire to learn to play the fado guitar and contacted Professor Ricardo Mata. I can say that he is a very competent person, with the necessary human qualities to, teaching students like me, understand the difficulties we have in playing the chords and positioning the fingers as he advises! That's why I think I made the right choice and I regret not having made it a long time ago.

Francisco Mercês de Mello