Rio de Janeiro-born, Oscar Castro-Neves is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, arranger, composer, musical director and producer based in United States.
His first musical instrument was a cavaquinho, his first band was formed with his brothers in his youth and his first national hit was at 16 with “Chora Tua Tristeza”.
In 1962, Oscar Castro-Neves has performed in a Bossa Nova concert at Carnegie Hall in New York together with Sérgio Mendes and João Gilberto.
Radicated in United States since 1966, he is one of the artists that helped to establish the Bossa Nova movement in the USA.
He has worked as music producer, director, arranger, pianist and guitarist with worldwide renowned musicians and singers like Sérgio Mendes, Stan Getz, Carlos Lira, Elis Regina, Vinícius de Moraes, Milton Nascimento, Flora Purim, Quincy Jones, Paul Winter, Yo-yo Ma, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, João Gilberto, Airto Moreira, amongst many others.
During seven years he was the Music Director of the Brazilian music TV show held at Hollywood Bowl and has worked as an orchestrator for several films.