Born in 1976, Gustavo Costa graduated from the Arts Institute of São Paulo State University in 1997. In 1998 he continued his studies under Prof. Franz Halász at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg, where he received the Meisterklasse-Diplom, Germany’s highest performance degree, with the distinction "Summa cum Laude." From 2001 to 2004, he studied guitar under Pablo Márquez and early music repertoire under Yasunori Imamura at the Strasbourg (France) Conservatory. He has taught guitar in the music department of São Paulo State University since 2007 when he received his Master’s Degree in Musicology.
Gustavo Costa has been a prize winner at guitar competitions in Brazil and France, as well as two prestigious competitions in Spain: the Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Andrés Segovia and the Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Francisco Tárrega, where in 2003 he received 2nd prize and the Audience Favorite prize. Costa has performed guitar concertos in France, Spain, Italy and Brazil as soloist with orchestras including the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Ciutat de Torrent Orchestra, Molise Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo University Symphony Orchestra, Ribeirão Preto Symphony Orchestra and the Petrobrás Symphony Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro. As a chamber musician, he is a member of the Ensemble Mentemanuque. Costa was a member of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in 2011 when the group won the Latin Grammy for its CD dedicated to Villa-Lobos. His performances have received critical acclaim, such as this review of his début in Germany: "Mr. Costa demonstrates exemplary how beautiful a guitar can sound. His performance combines virtuosity with a magical sonority." - Augsburger Allgemeine.