Emiliano Sampaio

Emiliano Sampaio

Instrument: Guitar | Location: Vienna

Emiliano Sampaio is an amazingly talented young Brazilian guitarist, trombonist, composer and arranger (…) His music is complex and beautiful. He is a 'tourist' with a ticket to great things. I look forward to enjoying the ride.
—Frank Alkyer, Downbeat Magazine

Updated: January 8, 2020

Born: November 15, 1984

In 2019, Emiliano Sampaio released two new albums: his double CD called “Music for Small and Large Ensemble” and a quartet recorded by Meretrio featuring Heinrich Von Kalnein (from the Jazz Big Bang Graz). His last albums got amazing reviews and entered in the list “Best Albums of the Year 2017” from Downbeat Magazine.

The Guitarist, trombonist, conductor, arranger and composer, born in São Paulo (Brazil) in 1984, studied music in the University of Campinas and develops his Doctoral Research nowadays with focus on the use of improvisation for large Jazz Symphonic Orchestra at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz.

Emiliano released eight albums as bandleader with his trio, his nonet and his own big band and his music was played in important Brazilian and European jazz clubs and festivals.

As conductor, arranger and composer, he has worked with the Metropole Orkest (Holland), HR Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Fete Huppe (Hannover), Big Band & the Vocals (Copenhagen), HRT Croatian Radio Band, Regensburg University Jazz Orchestra, Graz Composers Orchestra, Mere Big Band (Sao Paulo), Soundscape (Sao Paulo), Badi Assad, Dominguinhos, Trombone Quartet of Campinas, Orquestra Experimental de Sao Carlos (Brazil) and others.

Emiliano won many prizes for his work such as “Downbeat Student Awards” in the categories “Best Small Jazz Combo”, “Jazz Soloist”, “Outstanding Original Composition for Large Jazz Ensemble”, “Outstanding Arrangement for Large Jazz Ensemble” and 3rd Prize in the Jazz Comp Graz Composition Contest.


”Seine Bigband ist sensationell, es gibt keine Schwachstelle.” Concerto Magazin (Austria, 2019)

„Irgendwie wird man den Eindruck nicht los, hier bewerbe sich wer für die Erste Liga der Top-Arrangeure.“ Fono Forum (Germany, 2019)

“Emiliano has created an exceptional collection of original compositions. Beautifully performed and produced, both ensembles bring to life the work of a passionate young composer who is developing a unique and expressive voice. His influences come from many sources within the jazz tradition as well as a wider sphere of contemporary music; Emiliano clearly has the mastery of craft and respect for these traditions to be able to absorb these elements to create something that is his own” Dr

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Emiliano Sampaio Albums