Renato Diz

Instrument: Piano | Location: New York City

“Sensibility, humor, virtuosity, ears and heart... Renato has it all. I always learn something when I hear him play. An exhilarating experience!”
—Jean-Michel Pilc

Updated: October 17, 2018

Born: July 30, 1986

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.

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”Stunning... Piercing... Enchanting!!!” - Huffington Post

“...reveals mastery in shaping sonic contortions that draw mystery and uneasiness. Only open-minded creators are capable of feeling so comfortable within these atmospheres, where everything is strange and yet nothing is out of place.” - JazzTrail

“Sensibility, humor, virtuosity, ears and heart... Renato has it all. I always learn something when I hear him play. An exhilarating experience!” - Jean-Michel Pilc

“A talented young pianist who is creating a nicely hybridized style of piano playing drawing from the pools of jazz, free improvisation and contemporary classical music.” - Ralph Alessi

“He is a great musician, composer and friend!” - Tony Moreno

“One of the few young artists that has the courage to forge his own path thereby creating a sound that is uniquely his own!” - Bruce Arnold

“What is evident is his musical maturity as well as his obvious talent

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