Alexandre Manhães was born on February 21, 1969 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began to study piano at the Escolade Música Villa-Lobos ( Villa-Lobos School of Music ) , with the pianist Ana Maria Vivanco, in his hometown. Later he entered the Escola de Música da UFRJ ( School of Music of the Rio de Janeiro Federal University ) where he received his degree of Licentiateship in Musical Education. He worked as teacher of Musical Education in the city of Rio de Janeiro. He teaches piano and guitar in private classes. His compositions are mainly dedicated to piano solo, but he has also written solo pieces for flute and violin, as well as for string trios and ensembles. As the field of orchestration has an immense appeal for him, he enjoys orchestrating his works for piano solo, as well as composing original orchestral works.