Testimonial from Ricardo Branco
Ricardo Branco, was born on February 17, 1986 in Portugal. Began in 1999 to study saxophone in the Philarmonic Band Volunteer Fire Department of Torres Vedras (PBVFTV).
He joined that year at the Music Conservatory “Luis Antonio Maldonado Rodrigues”, where he attended classes for five years, with the teacher Victor Carvalho. It was in his last year of course for the National Conservatory of Lisbon.
In 2004 he began studying Jazz in the Jazz School of Torres Vedras with Jose Menezes.
In 2006 he joined the Portuguese Air Force Band where he was until 2013 as saxophonist. For the service, brought a Public Praise for several values, including the “high artistic quality ” and a copper medal of exemplary behavior.
In the academic year 2009/2010, concluded by the 3rd and final year of Jazz at the Music Academy in Lisbon.
In the academic year 2010/2011 began his studies the Higher School of Music in Lisbon Jazz Saxophone strand.
He teaches saxophone at the International School of Torres Vedras, PBVFTV Academy and the particular level.
Performed shows with various bands and solo sets, both national and international level, within various genres. His ambition leads him to study daily and to invest the most in their training.
Have followed Portuguese figures like: Rui Veloso, Herman Jose, Cesar Mourao, Anselmo Ralph, Luis Represas, Jorge Palma, Jose Cid, Marisa, Camane, Cuca Roseta, Ana Bacalhau (Deolinda), Pedro Tatanka (The Black Mamba), Aurea, Jacinta, Guida de Palma, Vania Fernandes, Raquel Tavares, Anabela, Lucia Moniz, Rui Drumond, Tony Carreira, Mickael Carreira, Maria Viana, Maria Anadon, Fernando Tordo, Simone de Oliveira, FF, CC, Henrique Feist, Luisa Sobral, Katia Guerreiro, Rui Reininho entre outros. He attended several courses and master classes, where he studied with teachers: Vﾃｭtor Fontao, Joao Figueiredo, Fernando Ramos, Henrique Portovedo, Romeu Costa, Francisco Ferreira, Jose Massarrao, Hugo Gaito, Rita Nunes, Mario Marzi, Henk Van Twillert, Scott Wendholt, Greg Tardy, John Fedchock, Jonatan Kreisberg, Gary Versace, Matt Penman, Gerald Cleaver, Francisco Blanco, Joao Falcato, Mario Laginha, Andrﾃｩ Fernandes, Bernardo Moreira, Alexandre Frazao, Massimo Cavalli. Alexendre Dinis, Julian Arguelles, Pedro Moreira, Mitchell J. Fennell, Mulgrew Miller, Ivan Taylor, Rodney Green, Steve Nelson, Antonio Hart, Alberto Pinton, Chris Cheek, George Garzone, Michael Cheret, John Davis, Joseph Lepore, Nir Felder, Adam Birnbaum, Sara Serpa, Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, Claus Nymark, Guto Lucena, Luis Perdomo, Hans Glawischnig, Henry Cole, Miguel Zenon, Mark Turner, Avishai Cohen, Robin Eubanks, Stefon Harris, Edward Simon, Eric Harland, Rogerio Boccato, Adam Cruz, Ben Street, Rudresh Mahanthappa e Danilo Perez.
Internacional: Daniela Mercury, Nelson Freitas, Anitta, Leo Santana, Ed Motta, Paulo Flores, Yuri da Cunha, Anna Joyce, Naldo Benny, Ze Ricardo, Marcia Castro, Renegado, Luiza Possi, etc.
Countries who has performed:
Portugal, Spain, England, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg;
Colorado, Philadelphia, Washington DC, California, New York, Atlanta, Las Vegas
Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina