Danilo Brito is a young mandolinist with a prodigious career of talent and recognition. At the age of only 19 he was chosen for the VISA Award for Best Instrumental Player by the most respected Brazilian panel of some of the greatest composers, players and teachers in the world. With his own individual interpretation, virtuosity and musical creativity Danilo became one of the most versatile instrumental players in Brazil, capable of bringing together a varied audience of listeners and critics, attracting them from all over the world with his compositions and his elegant style. On stage he captures the audience and receives many standing ovations. The heart of his music is the Choro, a musical genre born from the Brazilian manner of playing Classical European music, that combines rhythm, melody and improvisations. It is to Brazil what jazz is to the USA. Danilo Brito started playing by ear, listening to his Dad’s old LPs soon after he was born and, then, playing at traditional jams of São Paulo. His research, reading and listening made him a rare self-taught musician. His interpretation, composition and conducting skills give him a perfect interpretation technique and knowledge of Brazilian music genres, composers and performers. In 2008, he established his own label and production company Orpheu Music, developing a consistent musical style across the albums the company produces.
Among many public quotes about his work, we stand out:
"Despite of his youth, Danilo Brito has won the respect not only of his contemporary pairs but also of the Choro old school. He is the now existing most resembling to Jacob do Bandolim both in the way of playing and in the “chorão” attitude."
O Estado de São Paulo
"This guy is a master ."
David Grisman in Santa Cruz Sentinel, EUA
"Could anyone imagine a mandolinist that is the perfect composition of Jacob do Bandolim and Luperce Miranda (the “Brazilian Paganini”)? Well, there he is, Danilo Brito."
Luis Nassif in Luis Nassif Online.
"Danilo plays true to tradition, but has the style of the 21st century."
Sérgio Prata in O Estado de São Paulo.
"I believe Danilo Brito is a miracle. If God played the mandolim, it would sound like him."
Guinga in ESPN Brasil.