Born: March 18, 1978 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from the country of fado, a magnificent singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe. Well-known for her strong and emotional performances, the multi-awarded singer has captivated audiences all over the world with her charming and powerful sound. Blending elements of jazz, Brazilian and Portuguese music, her new album ‘Ar’ ‘is the result of a powerful combination of this exceptional singer’s talent as a vocalist and composer with the brilliant arrangements and production of Colombian pianist Juan Andrés Ospina.
Sofia has a diploma in jazz performance from “Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo do Porto”, where she studied with the portuguese singer Maria João and the dutch jazz vocalist Fay Claassen. During her studies she did a one year exchange program in Barcelona at “Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya”, and another one at the famous Berklee College of Music (Boston), that offered her a scholarship. She was a student of Bob Stoloff and was awarded the “Oliver Wagmann Memorial Scholarship”, for an “outstanding vocalist demonstrating academic excellence at the college”. Later she received a master’s degree in jazz performance with “great distinction” from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where she studied with David Linx. During her master’s studies she went to study for one year at the prestigious “Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris” (CNSNDP) with an “Erasmus” scholarship.
She received the second prize of the first “Brussels International Young Jazz Singers Competition” (Belgium, 2005), the first prize at the “International Jazz Competition for Singing Musicians: Voicingers” (Poland, 2008), and the first prize at the “Crest Jazz Vocal” competition (France, 2010), in duo with Marc Demuth. In March 2008 she participated in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC).
She has recorded five CDs: “Dança da Solidão” (2006), in duo with Marc Demuth, “Orik” (2008) with the Marc Demuth 4tet, “Porto” (2010), in collaboration with Gui Duvignau, ‘Mil e uma cores’ (2012), children’s music written for Manuela Mota Ribeiro’s books, ‘Ar’ (2012), all arranged and produced by Juan Andrés Ospina and Apenas (2012), in duo with Bartolomeo Barenghi.
She has been performing in many different venues in various countries, such as: Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, Portugal), Philharmonie (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg), Silesian Jazz Festival (Katowice, Poland), Berklee Performance Center (Boston, U.S.A.), Jamboree (Barcelona, Spain), Sunset Jazz Club (Paris, France), The National Theatre (London, U.K.), Brussels Jazz Marathon (Brussels, Belgium), Euro Jazz Gala (Trier, Germany), Kennedy Center (Washington, U.S.A.), Jazz au Chellah (Rabat, Morocco), April Jazz (Espoo, Finland) and Easy Jazz Festival (Zory, Poland), among many others.
Awards:1st prize at the international competition “Crest Jazz Vocal” (France, 2010;) 1st prize at the international competition for singing musicians “Voicingers” (Poland, 2008;) 2nd prize at the “Brussels International Young Jazz Singers Competition” (Belgium, 2005).
“More than a voice (and what a voice!), Sofia Ribeiro is someone whose talent is worthy of attention.” (A.B. - Jazz.pt magazine)
“Her annunciation is pure no matter if the volume she sings at is sometimes barely above a whisper. And when she has the freedom to improvise or sing a cadenza, her lines lope and spiral making the song look like a bird in tumbling flight.” (Raul da Gama, The world music report)
A singer in search of her own sound and worthy of recognition. (…) Sofia seems to infuse the lyrics with emotion and soul and not simply sing the melodies (Leonel Santos, Jazz Logical, Portugal)
“Sofia Ribeiro enchanted the CCB. (…) The artists' empathy invaded the room, leaving the audience ecstatic.” (A.R., Correio da manhã, Portugal)
“And besides her glamorous voice and perfect intonation; Sofia Ribeiro’s delicate singing full of nuances and different timbres created fragile and emotional moments and atmospheres. (...) Fantastic! (Trierischer Volksfreund Magazine, Germany)
“Sofia Ribeiro is one of those people charged with the important mission of saving the world with their voice. She carries the fado of someone born with the talent to incite a multitude of emotions in only a few minutes (C.A. - O Jornal Económico, Portugal)
Sofia Ribeiro, with easiness and naturalness, releases a crystalline, precise and light voice, that, once in a while, she even uses as a trumpet, trombone or brushes in a snare drum. (…) Her irreproachable method comes close to perfection.” (Daniel Kirchner, Jazz-Rhone-Alpes, France)