Twice nominated for the Latin Grammy, he is a virtuosic and brilliantly innovative player of the bandolim. a flat-backed, almost round-bodied mandolin, usually with four double strings.
He’s virtually reinvented the instrument of his homeland, adding two extra strings, and breaking free from the legacy of some of its influences and styles. In the US, the press has dubbed de Holanda the “Jimi Hendrix of bandolim”.
Hamilton has evolved a characteristic way of playing, his phrasing and the increased number of strings, the delicacy of his picking combined with the speed and agility of the solo flights and improvisations. His playing is a dazzling display and his performances filled with emotion.