Successful classical and jazz musician. He had a respected teaching career, and he recorded numerous tracks of the Brazilian samba.
He switched from classical music to jazz when he was 13, even founding his own jazz trio around 1946. He went back to classical music in 1948.
He gained international recognition after winning the 1953 Geneva International Music Competition.
His father established the Conservatório Alberto Nepomuceno where he first studied piano.
He was chosen as London's best pianist of the year in 1955 and was awarded the Harriet Cohen Medal.