Hamilton de Holanda

Hamilton de Holanda


Hamilton de Holanda, a young virtuoso of bandolim, the Brazilian mandolin, is a staggering performer of choro whose repertoire he has at his fingertips; his has an unbounded capacity for invention, and the sound he manages from his bandolim is as powerful as it is precise. He is a true master.


Born in 1976 in Rio de Janeiro, he goes as a young child to the capital, Brasilia, where his musician father José Américo gives him for his fifth birthday a bandolim, the Brazilian mandolin: he has found is way.

Today, at 27, after studying and practicing bandolim for 22 years, Hamilton de Holanda is a recognized musician in Brazil. His musical personality takes its sources in both classical music and jazz and Popular Brazilian Music. He is characterized by precocity and adaptability, and feels as comfortable with a symphony orchestra as alone onstage with his bandolim. Hamilton de Holanda is obviously part of the family of today’s great Brazilian performers.

In 1982, he launches with his brother Fernando César the band Dois de Ouro (the Golden Two), a name assigned by the percussionist Pernambuco do Pandeiro. His professional future is taking shape and Hamilton is soon considered as a great bandolim performer by such musicians as the flutist Altamiro Carrilho. As Dois de Ouro is invited by various Brazilian venues and television channels, he gets ardent recognition from the public for his sensitivity and dexterity in performing choro, the style dubbed the jazz of Brazil.

Hamilton, not content with being a prominent performer of the street-style choro, Hamilton takes guitar and violin courses at the Music School of Brasilia and get his composition diploma from the Brasilia University. This makes him the first bandolim player to compose a concerto for symphony orchestra and bandolim, which he performed as the soloist with the Symphony orchestra of the Claudio Santoro National Theatre and the Brasilia Symphony Orchestra.

In 1995, aged 19, he wins the Performance prize of the second Choro Festival in Rio de Janeiro, the birthplace of this style.

He records with Dois de Ouro his first CD, Destroçando a macaxeira, which is highly praised by the critics and the public alike. Dois de Ouro also records A Nova Cara do Velho Choro (1998) (distributed by Jazzvalley.com), and Dois de Ouro (2000).

In 2001, Hamilton records the CD Luz das Cordas with the guitarist Marco Pereira. This album is lauded by several critics as the best recording of Brazilian instrumental music of the year 2001. The same year, he also records the album Abre Alas with his band Brasilia Brasil, an innovation in the choro idiom.

Hamilton has already been featured in Austria, France, South Africa, Turkey and Venezuela, and has been a guest star in the Free Jazz Festival 2000 in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

In December 2001, for the Icatú Music Award, Hamilton competes with the cream of Brazilian performers of both academic and improvised music, pianists, guitarists, violinists and clarinetists. He wins the Icatú Award in both categories, which earns him a fellowship at the Cité des Arts in Paris until February 2003. Naturally, he takes advantage of this stay to build a bridge with the old continent.

In January 2002, he completes his first solo CD, Hamilton de Holanda, released in France in 2003 (produced by Gravadora Velas). In this album, Hamilton puts his performer’s talent at the service of some of the gems of the Brazilian repertoire, like Tom Jobim’s Boto, Egberto Gismonti’s Baião Malandro, and Jacob do Bandolim’s Vibrações.

In Brazil, the CD is a success, and Hamilton and his quartet tour the whole country. Hamilton comes to Europe twice to perform in the Satellit’Café in Paris, in the Festival Au Son des Mandolines in Ajaccio, and in the Théâtre de Verdure in Nice.

In December of 2003, the Hamilton de Holanda Quartet recorded their second album, also for the label Gravadora Velas, in Gilberto Gil’s & Liminha’s studios in Rio de Janeiro, with the producer Torcuato Mariano. This album is distributed by Tangará/Discmedi in Europe.
Hamilton de Holanda’s quartet performed for the first time in Europe at the Satellit’Café in Paris, then in various festivals in France and Italy including the XVth Nuits de la Guitare in Patrimonio, Juillet Musical in Nice, Jazz & Wine in Montalcino, Itinerario Brasile in Rome, Itinerare Folk in Trento, SambaFest in Trieste, Itinerari Acustici in Pistoia, Au Son des Mandolines in Ajaccio, and Paleariza in Reggio di Calabria.
Hamilton de Holanda also performed solo, and in trio with bassist Natallino Neto and percussionist Zé Luis Nascimento at the Festival des Granges in Laimont, Meuse.

On October 10, 2004, Hamilton de Holanda, along with clarinettist Paulo Sérgio Santos and Trio Madeira Brasil, played the Roda de Choro organised by the Direction of Music of National network Radio France in the studio Charles Trenet, for the “Figures du maestro” weekend series. The concert was broadcast on France Musiques on October 22, 2004 and was featured twice more in Marseille and in Aubais, Gard.

On October 28 – 30, 2004, Hamilton ran three half-day choro masterclasses during the festival "Les Mandolines de Lunel", and gave a concert consisting of a solo first part, then a duo with U.S


A Música de Hamilton de Holanda (best of) © Dois de Ouro 2005
Hamilton de Holanda "Música das Nuvens e do Chão" © Velas Brasil 2004 / © Discmedi 2005 (Europe)
Hamilton de Holanda "Hamilton de Holanda" © Velas Brasil 2003
Brasilia/Brasil "Brasilia/Brasil" © Velas Brasil 2001
H. de Holanda & Marco Pereira "Luz das Cordas" © Acoustic Music Records 2001
Dois de Ouro "Dois de Ouro" © Pau Brasil 2001
Hamilton de Holanda "Premio Visa da MPB" © Gravadora Eldorado 1998
Dois de Ouro "A nova Cara do velho Choro" © Dois de Ouro 1998
Dois de Ouro "Destroçando a Macaxeira" © Dois de Ouro 1997

Ricardo Herz "Violino Popular Brasileiro" © Videolar 2004 / © Discmedi 2005 (Europe)
Rogério Caetano "Pintando a Sete" © Dois de Ouro 2004
Grupo Samba-Choro © ??? 2004
Djavan "Vaidade" © Luanda Records 2004
Zélia Duncan "Eu me Transformo en Outras" © Duncan Discos 2004
Dona Ivone Lara "Sempre a Cantar" © Doçura 2004
Nicolas Krassik "na Lapa" © Rob Digital 2004
Césaria Evora "Voz d'Amor" © Lusafrica 2003
Gabriel Grossi "Diz que fuí por aí" © Gabriel Grossi 2003
André Vasconcellos "Observatório" © Visom 2002
Various Artists "Beatles & Choro 1" © Deckdisc 2002
Leandro Braga "Primeira Dama" © Carioca Discos 2002
Various Artists "Ao Jacob, seus Bandolins" © Biscoito Fino 2002
Beth Carvalho "Canta Nelson Cavaquinho" © Jam Music 2001
Varous Artists "Os Bambas do Bandolim" © Kuarup Discos 1999

Set List

Desfigurado - Cartola
Baião de Lacan - Guinga / Aldir Blanc
Beija Flor - Nelson do Cavaquinho
Deixa - Baden Powell / Vinicius de Moraes
Ponteio - Edu Lobo / Capinan
Contramilonga a la Funerala - Astor Piazolla
Música das Nuvens e do Chão - Hermeto Pascoal
Ceu de Brasilia - Toninho Horta / Fernando Brant
Samba Novo - Baden Powell
Karatê - Egberto Gismonti
Estações - Hamilton de Holanda
Aquarela na Quixaba - Hamilton de Holanda