Claudio Oliveira began studying while in his teens in São Paulo. He later studied with Dirceu Medeiros and then at L.A.M.A (Los Angeles Music Academy) with recognized teachers like Ralph Humphrey and Mike Packer. He played and recorded with numerous artists and Brazilian groups, including concerts in the United States, France, Portugal, England and Spain.

For about 12 years Claudio has been endorsed by Yamaha Musical of Brazil giving clinics and workshops in many cities across Brazil. During the period of his partnership with Yamaha Musical of Brazil, he recorded all the Brazilian percussion samples for keyboard PSR 950, including some MP3 tracks of Bossa Nova and Samba also available in this keyboard.

As an educator Claudio has been conducting master classes and private drums lessons in USA, France and Portugal. While studying at the Los Angeles Academy he was hired as a drummer to play in ensemble classes for bass, guitar and vocal and after his graduation Claudio had the opportunity, many times, to replace some of the drums faculty at music schools teaching Brazilian rhythms and jazz. He has also been a member of many Brazilian bands around L.A. Back in Brazil, he has been teaching drums at Beethoven Conservatory of Music in São Paulo to students in the beginners, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as recording and touring with many Brazilian artists and groups including Beto Bertrami, Fabiano de Castro, Denise Assunção, Sizão Machado, Maria Alcina, Leonardo Gonçalves, Ari Borger, Verônica Ferriani, André Martins.

He has collaborated and written many articles for magazines specialized in drums.Claudio has written a book on a drum method titled “A contemporary view of Brazilian rhythms for drums and percussion”. In his book he introduces some of his research work that he carried out over the 20 years of studying, playing and teaching.

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