Hamilton de Holanda was born on March 30, 1976, into a musical family. His first instrument, at the age of four, was the Melodica. Two years later (1982) he began his professional career as a six-year-old mandolin prodigy on a national TV show with an audience of over 50 million. Today, as a composer, improviser, bandleader, educator Hamilton`s music transcends genre as his improvisational genius dazzles audiences around the world.
Hamilton`s music comes fromthe encouragement of his family, the consolidation of his college degree in composition and the freedom of jam sessions in the streets of the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, where he grew up. His first genre was Choro, a Brazilian cultural heritage and the cousin of Jazz. He co-founded the first ChoroSchool in the world (Brasilia, 1997) and spearheaded the petition to the National Congress to grant Choroa National Day. As a result, since 2000, April 23 is celebrated in Brazil as The Official Choro Dayby proclamation of the Brazilian president, exposing the first Brazilian popular music to the people.
Also in 2000, an emblematic year for him, Hamilton reinvented the traditional8-strings Brazilian Bandolin (Mandolin) by adding a pair of extra strings tuned to low C (going from 8 to 10)giving it a deeper voice that emancipates the emblematic Brazilian instrument from the legacy of some of its influences and genres. The increase in the number of strings, combined with the fast solos and improvisations, inspires a new generation to take up the 10-string mandolin.
Hamilton'splaying and improvising transcend limitations and genres.Today he travelsto the different corners of the planet "bringing his heart to his fingertips"performing his own compositions with his signature sound. He interacts with other music traditions, ensembles, and instruments. This allows him to be invited to be the guest soloist of Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincon Center Orchestra or to perform his own compositions with Symphony orchestras from around the world; from Rock/Pop Festivals to Dave Mathews Band at the Gorge; from the Summer Stage - the Central Park in New York City to The Summer Olimpic Games in Rio de Janeiro; from noble museums like Smithsonian in Washington or the Grand Palais in Paris to the famous Carnival in Rio. Places like Australia, Paris, Germany, Amsterdam, Rome, Norway, Los Angeles and other cities and festivals around the world.
Hamilton is active on social media where his global numbers are impressive for an instrumental musician (ex: over 520k monthly listeners Spotify). In Brazil he has attained star status, receiving acclaim and several prizes from critics and peers. He is a multi-award musician won several Latin Grammys, Prêmio da Musica Brasileira, Echo Jazz, Choc and countless nominations.
The popular support inspired him to promote benefit concerts for major Brazil's tragedies and social projects like ABRACE, which provides social assistance for children and adolescents with cancer and blood diseases. Hamilton also supports musical programsfor people from economically disadvantaged areas to bolster their self-image and help young people find inspiration and jobs.
Hamilton has a long discography of his own compositions and tributes to some of his idols. He has launched his recordings on his own independent label Brasilianos or partners like Universal, ECM, MPS, Adventure Music. He understands that the music industry needs categories definitions for the music he plays such as Jazz, Brazilian Jazz, Brazilian Popular Music; but for him inspiration transcends labels, it is something that freely rises without the need to be defined. He likes to explain himself as a musical explorer in search of beauty and spontaneity.
Hamilton has share the stage or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, The Dave Mathews Band, Paulinho da Costa, Chucho Valdes, Egberto Gismonti, Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento, Joshua Redman, Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, Richard Galliano, John Paul Jones, Bela Fleck, Stefano Bollani, and many others.