Brazilian native Alberto Netto was born and raised in Santos, Sao Paulo, where he started playing percussion and the drumset at age 14. By age 16 Alberto was performing in nightclubs and music festivals with local jazz talents including David Costa Quintet, Chico Gomes Duo, Grupo Quartzo, and Luis Arruda Paes Big Band. He studied drumset for a year at Conservario Beethoven and also took private lessons with Brazilian masters Duda Neves and Realcino "Nene" Lima.
In 1989 Alberto received a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he studied Jazz Composition and Performance. Since then he has performed and recorded with local and international talents such as the Alberto Netto Quartet, Matt Johnson, Aaron Scott, Claudio Roditi, Aaron Goldberg, Deborah Frainciose, Herman Johnson, Manga Rosa, Oscar Stagnaro, and Alain Mallet, among others. Accomplished in various styles on the drumset, including Brazilian, jazz, Afro-Cuban, rock, contemporary pop, and fusion. He has presented master classes in the United States, Europe and Brazil. In 2000, Alberto joined the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he teaches drum set and Brazilian hand percussion.
Alberto's instructional book and CD Brazilian Rhythms for Drum Set and Percussion, published by Berklee Press, is a top seller in the US, Japan and France. Modern Drummer magazine gave it 4 stars:
"Alberto Netto has created a wonderful sourcebook for understanding the history of Brazilian drumming. Each rhythm is explained in detail as it relates to a specific dance and/or religious celebration." The extensive CD tracks show how much variety exists in the world of Brazilian percussion. Netto's fluid drum set playing and clearly stated text results in a gem of a book." David Licht, Modern Drummer.