Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he studied music theory and electric bass with professor Nadir Dos Santos from 1982 to1986. While there, he played with pop bands and jazz fusion-oriented bands. In 1991, he moved to Caracas, Venezuela, where he worked with many well-known artists. From 1991 to 1995, Barbosa studied double bass with Carlos Verenzuela, principal double bass of Orquestra Symfonica de Venezuela.
In 1997, he moved to Denver, where he has been very busy performing on both double bass and electric bass. Since 2002, he has been studying double bass with Michael Fitzmaurice, assistant principal of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. Barbosa can be heard on over 300 recordings and is considered to be one of the top studio musicians in Colorado, playing with local jazz musicians and many touring jazz soloists performing in Denver.
He has appeared on bass with a wide array of musical stars including Herbie Mann, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Bryan Lynch, Russell Ferrante, Chuck Loab, Gerald Albright, and Lee Ritenour. Currently, he performs with the Nelson Rangell Quartet, gogoLab, the Littleton Symphony Orchestra, and the worship band for City Presbyterian Church.
Barbosa is also the jazz bass instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder.