Rodrigo Pinheiro

Photo by Petra Cvelbar

Rodrigo Pinheiro is a pianist, improviser and composer from Lisboa, Portugal who works across a broad spectrum of musical idioms. He's been active on the free improvisation  scene as a solo performer, on several projects like RED trio and collaborating with musicians from all over the world. His recent recordings with RED trio where considered among the best Jazz album of the year by The Wire, Publico, New York Jazz Records and Jazz.pt.

 He was born 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. His participation on workshops with Carlos Zíngaro, Peter Kowald, Gunther Muller, Nuno Rebelo and Patrick Brennan led him to develop a keen interest in improvised music and to meet and to be involved with musicians on the Portuguese and international free improvisation scene. He’s been working in projects like RED trio, Clocks & Clouds, Earnear, solo and playing on ad-hoc sessions with many musicians from all over the word.

He has also been working as a composer creating soundtracks for movies and theater.

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