Hamilton, aged 37 and 32 years of professional career, started playing at 5. Since then, he has been regarded as a prodigy. At the age of 6, he was entitled to a performance on “Fantastico’’, the most popular Brazilian TV evening show. Nowadays, around the world, he is a transgressor of the mandolin and creator of the technique of playing the 10-string mandolin, freeing the emblematic Brazilian instrument legacy from some of its influences and genres as well as featuring a new artistic language and rejuvenating the image of the Bandolim, also known as Mandolin.
Hamilton de Holanda`s signature is identified in his solos. His way of playing, the increased number of strings and the delicacy of his picking combined with the speed solos and improvisations inspired a new generation and a new sound. Whether it is jazz, samba, rock, pop, lundu or Choro, little does it matter. Hamilton`s search is for simplicity, music focused on beauty and spontaneity, not necessarily new. In his view, there is a new world full of possibilities and his guiding principle is “Modern is Tradition”. What is important is not the past or the future, but the intersection between them both, the exact point at which they blend, right here, right now, the present moment, the “is” – here and now.