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Born in São Paulo in 1988, Henrique Gomide has a broad musical background. After graduating in Classical Piano at ULM and Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Gomide was granted a scholarship by the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Netherlands) to pursue an MA in Jazz Piano, completing his degree in 2014. Currently residing in Cologne (Germany), he obtained a second master’s degree in Jazz Composition and Arrangement from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in 2018, with a specialisation in Big Band Arranging. Throughout his education, Gomide studied jazz piano with Geri Allen, Juraj Stanik, Michele Rosewoman, Oscar Perez, and classical piano with Hermes Jacchieri, José Eduardo Martins, Paulo Álvares and David Witten, among others.

With his piano-trio Caixa Cubo, which originated in São Paulo, he released 6 CD's and performed in hundreds of concerts in Brazil, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, England and Mozambique. Alongside his partner, Daphne Oltheten, Gomide forms the Duo Oltheten-Gomide, which recorded two CD’s with works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and contemporary Brazilian composers. He also takes part in other projects as a pianist, such as Nau TrioAyça Miraç Quartet and Juliana da Silva Band which are all active around Germany. As an arranger, Gomide leads the Henrique Gomide Big Band and has delivered arrangements for bands like Subway Jazz Orchestra (Köln), Banda Urbana (São Paulo), Big Band of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Netherlands) and Big Band of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Germany).

During his graduate studies, Gomide developed a thesis on Brazilian composer and string instrument virtuoso Aníbal Augusto Sardinha, also known as Garoto (1915-1955). Since then, he has engaged in several projects aimed at disseminating Garoto’s music around the world. He is one of the authors of the Songbook Choros de Garoto (IMS - SESC Editions), which includes 67 compositions by Garoto and the musical director of the documentary 'Garoto - Vivo Sonhando" (TC Filmes, Lente Viva), which will be premiered in September 2020. In 2016, Henrique worked as musical director for the tribute show Garoto 100 Anos, held at Sesc Pinheiros (Sao Paulo, Brazil). It brought together major Brazilian musicians such as Guinga, Yamandu Costa and Paulo Bellinati.

Throughout his career, Henrique played and recorded with renowned musicians, including Bart van Lier, Tony Lakatos, Nailor Proveta, Mateus Aleluia, Teco Cardoso, Vinicius Dorin, Paulo Bellinati, Toninho Carrasqueira, Monica Salmaso, Celio Barros, Marku Ribas, Gabi Guedes, John Ruocco and Andrea di Biase, among others.

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