Alpha III

Biography by

In truth, Alpha III is the one-man project of Amir Cantúsio Jr. Born in 1957 in Campinas, SP (Brazil), at only five years old he started studying piano and acoustic guitar. As part of his erudite upbringing,…
Read Full Biography

Artist Biography by

In truth, Alpha III is the one-man project of Amir Cantúsio Jr. Born in 1957 in Campinas, SP (Brazil), at only five years old he started studying piano and acoustic guitar. As part of his erudite upbringing, he has extensively studied in experimental music, mainly at Universidade do Estado de São Paulo (USP) and Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp).

Amir Cantúsio Jr. won the Medalha Carlos Gomes (a special prize in Brazil) for representing Campinas through his works on CDs/LPs in more than 15 countries worldwide. He also won several prizes, including first place (Best Arrangement and Composition) at the MPB festival of São Paulo in 1974 (Projeto Guarani). He was also the owner of the first progressive rock and experimental electronic label in Brazil called Faunus Records, founded in 1984. He also started another recorded company called the Alpha III Artistical Productions label in 1985.

He was considered the best keyboardist of the world three times: In Spain (with the album Ruínas Circulares, 1986), in Japan (1986), and Canada (International Electronic Music Festival) with the album Seven Spheres (1991). In 1993, the Italian label Mellow Records classified him as the Best Keyboardist in the world. The same prize was conquered in 1996 on Green Dolphin's 3rd Annual International Critics and Musicians Poll (Latvia/Scandinavia/Netherlands). He has also worked as producer and keyboardist/vocalist with several bands in Brazil and in other countries.