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hercules para bioBorn in Vitória, Hercules began his musical studies at the age of 13, at the time being self-taught. Shortly afterwards, he was already playing in local bands.

He studied at the Music School of Espírito Santo state (former EMES) and later joined the popular music course at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, where he got an undergraduate certificate. There, he studied with professors Paulo Braga, Hilton Valente (Gogô) and Sílvio Baroni.

He took part in some of the most important music festivals in Brazil and abroad such as XV CCPA Jazz Festival in Asuncion (Paraguay), the 25th International Jazz Plaza Festival in Havana (Cuba), Brazil Instrumental Festival in Tatuí (Sao Paulo state) and the Cascavel Jazz Festival in Cascavel (Parana state).

He was awarded in Fampop Festival (Avaré), Americanta Festival (Americana) as well as in the piano contest Guiomar Novaes. In April 2012, he won the 11th prize Nabor Pires de Camargo sponsored by Fundação Pró-Memória of Indaiatuba in honor of this important composer born in that city.

He has been playing with well-known musicians such as Letieres Leite, Arismar do Espirito Santo, Vinicius Dorin, Sizão Machado, Alessandro Penezzi, Wilson das Neves, Bruna Caram among others.

In 2013, Hercules released his first solo album in which he reveals his strong influences of Brazilian rhythms, jazz and classical music along with a refined technique, showing through the piano his musical universe. With six own compositions as well as six renditions of tunes by other composers such as Edu Lobo, Hermeto Pascoal and Ernesto Nazareth, the album Pianismo brings a great panorama of some of the rhythm and melody of the brazilian piano.