Rodrigo Pinheiro

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Rodrigo Pinheiro

Rodrigo Pinheiro is a pianist, improviser and composer from Lisboa, Portugal.

He was born in 1973 in Covilhã where he started learning the piano when he was five at the local conservatory of music and later at the Conservatory of Lisbon until he was eighteen. With an intuitive approach to improvisation and exploration of the piano timbres, using both classical and extensive techniques, makes his music energic, polyrhythmic and full of contrasts.

He’s been active on the free improvisation scene playing in projects like RED trio, Clocks & Clouds, earnear and solo. He also played with such amazing musicians as Hernâni Faustino, Gabriel Ferrandini, Per Anders Nilsson, John Zorn, Nobuyasu Furuya, Nate Wooley, John Butcher, Lotte Anker, Joe McPhee, Keir Neuringer, Rodrigo Amado, Ernesto Rodrigues, José Oliveira, Nuno Torres, Ricardo Jacinto, Blaise Siwula, Nuno Rebelo, Jason Stein, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Cristin Wilboltz, Pedro Sousa, Albert Cirera, Gerard Lebik, Piotr Damasiewicz, João Camões, Miguel Mira, Luis Vicente, Marco Franco, among others.

He has been playing, traveling and recording around Portugal, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Serbia, Romania and Norway.


23 November Brand!

RED trio + Susana Santos Silva

29 November Irreal

Toscano + Pinheiro + Mira + Ferrandini

01 December Irreal

Gibson + Pinheiro + Furtado

12 December Irreal

Sousa + Pinheiro + Ferrandini

13 December Irreal

Sousa + Pinheiro + Ferrandini

14 December Irreal

Sousa + Pinheiro + Ferrandini


RED trio



Sousa + Pinheiro + Ferrandini


Praise of our Folly

Lisbon Freedom Unit

2018, Clean Feed Records

Fragments of Always

NAU Quartet

2017, FMR Records


Isotope Ensemble

2017, Creative Sources

History of the Lisbon chaplaincy

Per Gärdin + Pedro Lopes + Rodrigo Pinheiro

2017, Creative Sources


Suspensão Ensemble

2016, Creative Sources

Summer Skyshift

RED trio + John Butcher

2016, Clean Feed Records


E. Rodrigues + N. Torres, G. Rodrigues+ R...

2015, Creative Sources

Live in Munich

RED trio

2015, Astral Spirits