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Dr Bruno Heinen

Professorial Staff – Jazz Piano, Jazz Composition


King Charles Court
Greenwich Peninsula
London SE10 9JF


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Described by the Guardian as “eclectic, eccentric, and unobtrusively erudite”, Bruno Heinen is a London-based contemporary improvising pianist, composer and educator.

Bruno is a frequent host of the Ronnie Scott’s Late Late show, and has performed in venues and festivals including Southbank Centre, the Shanghai World Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Malta International Arts 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 John Taylor and Pete Saberton, and has just been awarded an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD from the Royal Northern College of Music 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 New York City to interview and work with Hersch in 2016.

As a composer, Bruno has written for groups ranging from sextet to two pianos 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.

Educational Qualifications

BMus – Classical piano – Royal College of Music
MMus – Jazz Piano – Guildhall School of Music and Drama
MMP – Jazz Piano – Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Junior Fellowship – Guildhall School of Music and Drama
PhD – Royal Northern College of Music