Renato Diz is a Portuguese pianist, composer and producer based in New York.
Born in Porto, Portugal, Renato studied classical piano exclusively for 12 years, under the tutelage of Dr. Rui Pintão, at Fundação Conservatório Regional de Gaia.
A chance encounter with jazz at a concert by pianist and composer Carlos Azevedo, introduced him to the world of improvised music and he decided to pursue his studies in this art. In 2004 he became a private student of Carlos Azevedo and in 2006 he was accepted in the leading jazz program on the Iberian Peninsula at the time, for a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Performance at ESMAE - IPP in Porto. His main teachers were Michael Lauren and Abe Rábade in jazz, and Sofia Lourenço and José Parra in classical piano. Also, during the same period he had private lessons with the acclaimed pianist Mário Laginha.
During these years in Portugal, Renato Diz worked throughout the country with several projects of his own and collaborations with other artists, namely a trio with Alberto Jorge and Acácio Salero with whom he toured extensively and the experimental project IALASPI. In 2009 he co-wrote and recorded the soundtrack for the documentary Memórias De Um Lugar, awarded Official Selection at Curtas Vila do Conde Festival. In 2010 he won the International Art Projects Competition of the Fundação Serralves with his multimedia project Poema Visual Em Forma De Concerto A Partir Do Conto “O Fascínio Do Pequeno Lago” De Virginia Woolf, with which he held an artistic residency at the Serralves em Festa Festival.