François de Lima began playing trombone at 10 years of age, and at 16 was playing professionally. In the 80s he was part of the bands Fabio Jr, Roberto Carlos, Jorge Benjor, Ney and Djavan (who plays today), doing shows at clubs and festivals around the world. Gal Costa presented himself at the legendary temple of jazz and show business the American Carnegie Hall.
In parallel he developed his work as a musician in the studio, attending discs from artists like Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Ney, Milton Nascimento, and Julio Iglesias Guinga, enter others.
In his career, was on stage alongside some of the biggest names in Brazilian music to: Leny Andrade, Leila Pinheiro, Hermeto Pascoal, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, César Camargo Mariano, Raul de Souza, Paulo Moura, Wagner Tiso, Amilson Godoy, Nelson Ayres, Laertius de Freitas, Maestro White, Dominguinhos, and international musicians such as Paquito D’Rivera, Randy Brecker, George Benson and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
In 1991 graduated with Nailor Beaker and Walmir Gil Sambop Brass; around 1992, along with those friends, initiated the project of forming the Banda Mantiqueira, which remains today as a reference in Brazilian instrumental music scene.