Luís Figueiredo was born in Coimbra in 1979. He is a Portuguese pianist, composer, arranger and musical producer, working regularly in the jazz scene, as well as within classical and pop music, both in Portugal and abroad. He's released 12 albums as leader/co-leader and is a sideman in several other projects. Figueiredo earned a PhD in Music in 2016 and in 2019 he co-founded the independent label Roda Music.
Luís Figueiredo, born in Coimbra in 1979, is a Portuguese pianist, composer, arranger and musical producer. He began his musical studies at age 8. After two years of private piano lessons, in 1989 he entered Conservatório de Música de Coimbra, where he graduated in Piano. In 2005 he graduated in Piano from Universidade de Aveiro, where he studied under Vitali Dotsenko, Fausto Neves, António Chagas Rosa and Vasco Negreiros, amongst others. That same year, he attended Escola de Jazz Luiz Villas Boas at the Hot Clube de Portugal in Lisbon, under Filipe Melo, Bernardo Moreira, Ricardo Pinheiro and Bruno Santos. In 2016 he completed his PhD at Universidade de Aveiro, under the supervision of ethnomusicologist Susana Sardo and pianist/composer Mário Laginha. During this period of training, he attended a number of masterclasses and workshops with Álvaro Teixeira Lopes, Andrezej Pikul, Roy Howatt, Liv Glaser, Mário Laginha, Valery Starodubrovsky, Dave Liebman and Hervé N’Kaoua, amongst many others. He also participated in several academic events in the areas of musical performance and musicology, such as the SIBE (Sociedade Ibérica de Etnomusicologia) Conference in Salamanca and Lisbon, the Rhythm Changes International Jazz Conference in Amsterdam, the Leeds International Jazz Conference in Leeds UK, Jazz Talks – Aveiro International Jazz Conference (Aveiro, Portugal), ENIM (Encontros Nacionais de Investigação em Música) in several locations throughout Portugal, and the Post-ip Post in Progress Conference (Aveiro, Portugal). He has been invited as speaker in a number of occasions, including a TED talk at the Aveiro 2012 edition, Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra (Fórum das Artes e Tecnologias), the EPTA – European Piano Teachers Association Conference in Portugal, Academia de Música de Castelo de Paiva, Academia de Música de Torre de Moncorvo, Conservatório de Música de Coimbra, and many others. Between 2005 and 2015, he taught at such institutions as Conservatório de Música de Coimbra, Conservatório de Música da Jobra (Branca, Albergaria-a-Velha), Conservatório de Música de S. José da Guarda and Tone Music School, in Coimbra. On occasion, he has taught masterclasses and workshops in the areas of classical music, jazz and composition at several institutions in Portugal and also abroad. Between 2011 and 2019 he was closely connected with the master’s programs in Music and Music Teaching at Universidade de Aveiro, where he worked as coordinator of the Jazz department and vice-director of the master’s program in Music Performance. He also taught piano, chamber music, jazz combo, composition and jazz studies. Luís Figueiredo has been professionally active since 2004 in the fields of musical performance (both classical and improvised), composition and arrangement, and also musical production. He released his first album as a leader in 2010 (Manhã, JACC Records) and has since then collaborated in about thirty other record editions. He has worked and/or recorded with Cristina Branco, Bruno Pedroso, Carlos Bica, André Fernandes, Luísa Sobral, Alexandre Frazão, Reinier Baas, João Moreira, Ana Bacalhau, Mário Delgado, Bernardo Moreira, David Binney, João Hasselberg, Perico Sambeat, Mário Laginha, Marta Hugon, Ricardo Toscano, Eduardo Raon, Rita Maria, Diogo Duque, Márcia, Mário Franco, Diabo na Cruz, Carlos Barretto, Jorge Moniz, Gisela João and Jeffery Davis, to name only a few. He has worked with Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra Metropolitana, Orquestra Clássica do Sul, Orquestra XXI, Hr Frankfurt Rundfunk Big Band (Germany), Orchestre National de Bretagne (FR), Het Gelders Orkester (Netherlands), as well as a number of chamber music ensembles, under conductors such as Cesário Costa, Dinis Sousa, Jamie Philips, Rui Pinheiro, Jan Wierzba, Marc Feldman, Fiona Monbet and António Lourenço. His tour schedule has included concerts, masterclasses and artistic residencies in a wide range of locations, such as Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Morocco and Brazil. Since 2008, he has also collaborated in theatre and cinema as composer, performer and musical director. In this field, he has worked with Tiago Cravidão, António Ferreira, O Teatrão (Coimbra), Sandra Barata Belo, Patrícia André and Teatro Praga (Lisboa). Figueiredo was the arranger of the winning song at the 2017 Eurovision Contest, “Amar Pelos Dois”, and also the composer of the original soundtrack for the 2018 edition of the same festival, held in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2019 Luís Figueiredo founded independent label Roda Music, along with fellow musicians Rita Maria and Mário Franco.