AMILTON GODOY was born in Bauru to a family of musicians. In spite of having dedicated himself to Classical music, Amilton ultimately chose the path of popular music. With some helpful pointers from his friends, he began to explore jazz repertoire in depth, particularly Oscar Peterson, George Shearing and various orchestral works. “I learnt from Oscar Peterson, from George Gershwin, their music filled my mind. That was preparation for the Zimbo Trio" (Amilton Godoy). The Zimbo Trio came about when Rubinho Barsotti invited Amilton to make up a trio together with Luiz Chaves to play at the Baiúca Club in 1964. The Zimbo Trio have produced a significant body work in the Brazilian artistic arena with fifty-one recorded albums edited in more than twenty two countries. Together with musicians such as Jacob do Bandolin, Sebastião Tapajos and Hector Costita, the Zimbo Trio exported Brazil’s instrumental music to more than forty-five countries, including all of Latin America, the United States, Europe, Africa, Japan and China. Today the ZIMBO TRIO takes the name AMILTON GODOY TRIO, since Amilton is the only remaining member of the original TRIO. As a soloist he is considered one of the world’s greatest pianists and has performed with various orchestras conducted by, for example, Cyro Pereira, Julio Medaglia, Chico de Moraes, Simon Bleche, Roberto Sion, Maurício Galindo and Wagner Tiso.