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 pianist, composer and bandleader. Bruno has released three records on the forward looking Babel Label ('Twinkle Twinkle', 'Tierkries' and 'Postcard to Bill Evans'). Changing of the Seasons (Bruno's re-imagining of Vivaldi's Four Seasons), NS3 - trio with Antonio Fusco and Henrik Jensen, and a solo CD are due to be released in the coming year.
Bruno has worked with artists such as Julian Siegel, Stan Sultzman, Jean Toussaint, Julian Arguelles, Pete Saberton, Byron Wallen, Ben Kraef, 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.
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.
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.
In 2005, Bruno and bassist Andrea Di Biase formed Dialogues Trio with drummer Jon Scott. The trio plays original music written by Bruno and Andrea. In recent years they have toured in Italy as well as playing in clubs in and around London. Their debut album 'Twinkle Twinkle' (a set of ten variations of a theme of twinkle twinkle little star) was released on the Babel Label to critical acclaim:
Heinen is a cool-headed and resourceful improviser with a beguiling touch, favouring slow-burning legato lines over overt displays of chops. This is a striking debut that marks out Heinen's ensemble to be far more than just another piano trio.
Tom Grey - London Jazz
In 2008 Bruno arranged Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘Tierkreis’ for Jazz sextet. The piece was originally written for twelve music boxes, one for each sign of the zodiac. Four of the original music boxes have been in Bruno’s family since he was born which started the fascination with the piece. Incorporating the boxes in the recording and subsequent performances, Bruno released his version of the piece in 2013
**** Beginning and ending with "Aries", the 13 pieces are surprisingly varied, from cool-school classicism to jerky funk, with the leader's piano lending Tierkreis a consistently intelligent linking voice.
Phil Johnson - Independent
Bruno has just released his third album 'Postcard to Bill Evans'. It is a duo project featuring acclaimed Danish guitarist Kristian Borring, exploring the lesser-known works of Evans – Heinen's biggest influence.
Best Jazz Albums 2015 - 'Postcard to Bill Evans' **** Ivan Hewett - Telegraph
Bruno also has a longstanding musical partnership with world renowned Palestinian Singer Reem Kelani, playing traditional Palestinian, Egyptian and Persian music. In recent years they have toured in Syria, Spain, Turkey, Dubai, China and the USA as well as performing live on BBC radio broadcasts. The group have recently released the critically acclaimed album 'Live at the Tabernacle': http://www.reemkelani.com/ .