Gilvan de Oliveira was born on August 18, 1956 at Itau de Minas, MG. Influenced by his grandfather Sô Guile (Guilhermino de Brito), player of sanfonunha, at the celebrations of Congado, Folias de Reis and Catiras, since his early childhood, Gilvan showed interest in music. He began playing drums. Then, when He was 12, began to study the guitar. He joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, transferring later to the music course at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He was a student of Jose Lucena Vaz, considered one of the great guitarists of the state of Minas Gerais.
From 1983, Gilvan began performing in concerts and recordings along with various interpreters of Brazilian music, improving his perfomance as a guitarist, arranger, singer, composer and musical director, and participating in tours in Brazil and abroad.
He has recorded and performed throughout Brazil, as a soloist or accompanying artists such as Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant, Saulo Laranjeira, Pena Branca and Xavantinho, Titane, Paulinho Pedra Azul, Tavinho Moura, Flávio Venturini, Dominguinhos, Jane Duboc, Veronica Sabino, Belchior, Oswaldinho do Acordeon, among others. He made special appearances in a concert of Al di Meola. Partner of Fernando Brant on tracks for awards shows. Holds career abroad, having played in the U.S., France, Portugal (where he shared a concert with Cesaria Evora), Cuba, Uruguay, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Lithuania and Italy.
Gilvan received the Trophy Pro-Music Best Instrumentalist 1995, in Belo Horizonte and Sharp Music Award for the CD Station XV, produced in partnership with the Group Ponto de Partida, from Barbacena (where he acts as musical director and composer) in 1996.
Gilvan studied with Joe Diorio, professor of GIT – Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles / USA. He was professor and director of music at the Free School of Minas, created by Milton Nascimento and Wagner Tiso.
In 1989, he recorded his first solo album, “Strings and heart,” followed by “Vinícius on the strings of Gilvan ” (1990), “Portraits” (1993), indicated for the Sharp Award, and “Sol” (1995). Also participated, along with other guitarists, in the album “Guitars of Horizon” (2000).
In 2003, released by the laber Kuarup, the CD “Guitar Caipira,” which confirms his origins in the interior of Minas Gerais, using only the guitar and dispensing any other instrument. The CD includes his compositions, as “Ave Maria Caipira”, and classics like “No rancho fundo” by Ary Barroso and Lamartine Babo, “India” from Guereiro and Flowers, “Tristeza do Jeca” by Angelino de Oliveira and composers such as Milton Nascimento and Tavinho Moura (Noites do sertão). All tracks are given special treatment in the style of the viola.