Famous for his work with the heavy metal bands Angra and Megadeth, this Brazilian guitarist also recorded several solo albums, including Fullblast and Universo Inverso.
He began learning the acoustic guitar when he was eleven years old. By thirteen, he had begun playing the electric guitar and was performing with local bands called A Chave and Legalize.
He collaborated with the Italian songwriter Giancarlo Pasquini (better known by his anglicized stage name of Dave Rodgers) on such pop and dance tracks as "The Road is on Fire" and "Fevernova."
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he grew up speaking Portuguese and also learned English, Spanish, French, and Finnish. In November 2016 he welcomed twins with wife Maria Ilmoniemi.
He and Dave Mustaine have both been members of Megadeth.