HUGO BRAULE, was born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in the South Zone on a hoodnamed Leblon, nearby the beach, where he began his piano studies at the age of six. Bound by the cultural excitement of the 60thies he first learned about "Bossa-Nova" and the Jazzman of his youth, mainly the pianist THELONIOUS MONK, a remarkable influence in his musical development. During childhood and adolescence he took piano lessons with teachers MARIA CALAZANS and WILMA GRAÇA.
Incentivated by harmony lessons with singer WANDA SÁ he participated in 67, at the age 17 of the "Student Festival of Rede Globo Television Network" where he classified two songs arranged by maestros LYRIO PANICALLI and WALTEL BLANCO. In 68 he won a third place at the "Festival of Christian Youth", sponsored by Sào Judas Tadeu Chuch, performed at Sala Cecília Meirelles.
By this time he began to play piano at night clubs in town. He played in night clubs, teather plays and musicals. Studied under pianist JACQUES KLEIN and his assistant GLÓRIA MARIA FONSECA COSTA. At the UFRJ School of Music he has been under pianist MIRIAM RAMOS. He worked as accompanist at FUNARJ Ballet School, performed as concert pianist in Classical Recitals at several Concert Halls in town and other states.
In 81 he won a prize at the V CONCURSO NACIONAL DE PIANO DO IMUCSal-BAHIA. He undergraduate (B.A.)in Piano at UFRJ in 82. In 83 he won a scholarship held by CAPES (Brazilian Government) for Graduation in the U.S.A. at EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, in CHARLESTON, where he received his MASTER OF ARTS (M.A.)in 85. There he studied with PETER HERSTERMANN, composer in residence. He has been also under pianist KENNETH DRAKE, at University of Illinois in CHAMPAIGN. Yet in the period 85/86 he studied with OZAN MARSH at the University of Arizona in TUCSON. Back to Brasil in 86 he decided to stay in the country and put into practice his projects, begining in 87 to compose and arrange the tunes that became part of the CD "Arte de Amar" of 1998.
By November 2003 he presented at "SALA BADEN POWELL" his Musical Play “Ary Barroso Contemporâneo – A Gaita do Ary”. By December 2004 he has been hired by the inheritors in order to identufy and restore the ARY BARROSO´S INEDIT MUSICAL HEAP, fixing, getting out from acetate and writng for piano the composer´s works.
Now he has a Publishing House and plans to install the Coffee and Jazz Club "O Jazz & O Samba".