Alberto Netto was born and raised in Santos, Brazil, where he started playing percussion at age 12 and the drum set at age 14. He studied drum set for a year at Conservatório Beethoven in Santos, then studied privately with Brazilian masters Duda Neves, Realcino "Nene" Lima, and Zé Eduardo Nazário. In Brazil, Netto performed with Alta Tensão, David Costa Quintet, Grupo Jornal do Brasil, Chico Gomes, Grupo Quartzo, Luis Arruda Paes Big Band, and many others.
In 1989, Netto received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Since then, he has performed with many talented musicians such as Aaron Scott, Claudio Roditi, Helio Alves, Aaron Goldberg, Luciana Souza, the Sonny Watson Quartet, Skip Hadden, and many others.
In 1997, Netto recorded his first solo CD, Indian Summer, and founded his own studio, Artdrums, to produce his own work as well as the music of other artists.
In 2000, Netto joined the percussion faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he teaches private lessons and master classes. Accomplished in various styles on the drum set—including Brazilian, jazz, Afro-Cuban, rock, contemporary pop, and fusion—he has presented clinics in the United States, Europe, and South America.
Netto's instructional book and CD, Brazilian Rhythms for Drum Set and Percussion, published by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard, is a top seller in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
"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," writes David Licht of Modern Drummer magazine.