Erudition, eclectic studies and a jazz sensibility make Heinen the kind of newcomer who repositions the goalposts. ****
John Fordham – Guardian
Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary improvising pianist, composer and educator.
Bruno has released five albums under his own name on the forward looking Babel Label :
Bruno's debut solo album Mr. Vertigo will be released on Babel in March '18, with a European tour to follow.
Bruno has worked with artists such as Reem Kelani, Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Julian Arguelles, Pete Saberton, Emilia Martensson, Fulvio Sigurta, Rachael Cohen, Antonio Fusco, and Heidi Vogel amongst others.
He has performed in venues and festivals including the South Bank Centre, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, 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.
Bruno studied classical piano at the Royal College of music with the then head of keyboard Andrew Ball and then went on to win prizes from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Countess of Munster Trust to take his Jazz masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied under the late, inspirational pianist John Taylor. Bruno was asked to stay on at the Guildhall as a Junior Fellow where he completed a Masters of Musical Performance under the guidance of the great Pete Saberton.
He is currently researching towards a practice-based PhD at the RNCM with the title:
Counterpoint in jazz piano with specific relation to the solo work of Fred Hersch
As a composer, Bruno has written for groups ranging from sextet to two piano’s and percussion (for a project with the late Pete Saberton), and from big band to classical string ensemble. In 2009, Bruno was nominated for the prestigious 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 and Sir Simon Rattle.
Bruno has a longstanding musical partnership with the outstanding Palestinian singer, composer and broadcaster Reem Kelani. Together they have played all over the world in concert halls, festivals and live broadcasts. Please see Reem's website for more details.