eclectic, eccentric, unobtrusively erudite
John Fordham – Guardian
Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary improvising pianist, composer and educator.
He is professor of piano and composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.
Bruno has released eight albums under his own name to date:
Bruno has worked with artists such as Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Julian Arguelles, Denys Baptiste, Reem Kelani, Pete Saberton, Steve Watts, Jason Brown, 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.
Bruno is a frequent host at Ronnie Scott's, and has performed in venues and festivals including the South Bank Centre, The Barbican, Kings Place, the Vortex Jazz Club, the Shanghai World Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival and the Rest Is Noise Festival. He has had his music played on BBC radio 3, Jazz LineUp, Late Junction, BBC6 Music, BBC Scotland, in Italy, Germany, 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 has just completed 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 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