eclectic, eccentric, unobtrusively erudite
John Fordham – Guardian
Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary improvising pianist, composer and educator.
Bruno has released six albums under his own name on the forward looking Babel Label :
Bruno has worked with artists such as Reem Kelani, Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Julian Arguelles, Pete Saberton, Steve Watts, Emilia Martensson, Fulvio Sigurta, Rachael Cohen, Antonio Fusco, Larry Bartley, Tony Kofi, Rod Youngs, Winston Clifford, Andrea Di Biase, Jon Scott and Heidi Vogel amongst others.
He has just been appointed professor of piano and composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.
Bruno is a frequent host of the Ronnie Scott's Late Late show, and has performed in venues and festivals including the South Bank Centre, the Vortex Jazz Club, the Shanghai World Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival, the Rest Is Noise Festival, Cadogan Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall. He has had his music played on BBC radio 3, Jazz LineUp, Late Junction, BBC6 Music, BBC Scotland, in Austria, Canada, and the USA, as well as giving live broadcasts and interviews for the BBC and Rai 3 Italy.
He was taught by the late, great John Taylor and Pete Saberton, and is currently researching towards an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD at the RNCM with the title 'Counterpoint in jazz piano with specific relation to the solo work of Fred Hersch'.
As part of his research, he received funding to travel to NYC to interview and work with Hersch for two weeks in 2016.
As a composer, Bruno has written for groups ranging from sextet to two piano’s and percussion (for a project with Pete Saberton), and from big band to classical string ensemble (for a commission in 2017 from the Camerata Alma Viva). In 2009, Bruno was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Composers Award.
He recently held the piano chair for two performances of Bernstein's Wonderful Town at the Barbican Centre with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Bruno has a longstanding musical partnership with the outstanding Palestinian singer, composer and broadcaster Reem Kelani. Together they have played internationally in concert halls, festivals and live broadcasts. Please see Reem's website for more details.
Bruno Heinen plays with notable clarity and poise.
Dave Gelly – The Observer