BIO

EDUARDO ROJO

Eduardo Rojo holds a degree in Piano Jazz from the Esmuc (Barcelona), a degree in Composition and a master in Jazz Composition from Codarts (Rotterdam) and carries out his professional activities in different fields: as a pianist, composer/arranger/orchestrator, musical programmer and teacher. His work is characterized by the influence of different kind of music, principally folk, classical and jazz music.
He has won several international awards, including the “Bargajazz Contest International Competition for Jazz Orchestra Arranging and Composition 2015“, the “Bargajazz Contest International Competition for Jazz Orchestra Arranging and Composition 2016” (Italy) and the International Competition of Composition and Arrangement for Jazz Orchestra “Scrivere Jazz 2016” (Italy). In 2017 he gets the 2 prize in the IV Contest of Composition and Arrangements for the Big Band organized by the SGAE (Spain) as well as being finalist in the “International Animated Film Music Competition” (Greece).

He has worked with Mr. Dennis Mackrel (Count Basie, Maria Schneider, Mel Lewis Orchestra…), Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, AKOM Ensemble, the flamenco guitarist Gerardo Núñez, the flamenco dancer Carmen Cortés, Codarts Big Band, Peter-Jan Wagemans, Paul M. Van Brugge, Barga Jazz Orchestra, Canary Islands Big Band, The New Music Ensemble of Rotterdam and Sole Giménez, among others.

He was born in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). At an early age, he was attracted by music, which lead him to study classical piano at the Conservatory of Music. In 2002 he moved to Barcelona where he entered the ESMUC and graduated four years later in Piano Jazz. During that time he studied piano with Lluís Vidal and Albert Bover and composition and instrumentation with Helmut Lachenmann and Albert Guinovart.
In 2007 he travelled to New York, where he had piano lessons with pianists Michael Kanan and Luis Perdomo, as well as with arrangers Arun Luthra and Rich Shemaria.
Over time, he decided to move to the Netherlands in order to take a Bachelor degree in Composition and a Master degree in Jazz Composition at the Codarts Conservatory, where had lessons, among others, with teachers Robin Raaff and Paul M. van Brugge. This experience allowed him to break free from the shackles of tradition and develop a personal language without being stuck in the past and with a broader view of music. He completed his master’s degree in 2013 with a rating of outstanding. In 2016 he studied in Berklee “Music Composition for Film and TV” obtaining the maximum qualifications.

Throughout his career he has composed for a lot of different lineups, an experience which has helped him to face the most diverse situations, from solo instrument to orchestral music.