Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from Portugal, a magnificent singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe, blending elements of jazz, Brazilian and Portuguese music. Well-known for her strong and emotional performances, the outstanding Portuguese singer has been captivating audiences all over the world with her charming and powerful sound.
Sofia has a diploma in jazz performance from “Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo do Porto”, where she studied with the Portuguese singer Maria João and the Dutch jazz vocalist Fay Claassen. During her studies she did a one year exchange program in Barcelona at “Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya”, and another one at the famous Berklee College of Music, in Boston, who offered her a scholarship. She was a student of the famous vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and music educator Bob Stoloff, and was awarded the “Oliver Wagmann Memorial Scholarship”, for an “outstanding vocalist demonstrating academic excellence at the college”. Later she received a master’s degree in jazz performance with “great distinction” from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where she studied with the Belgium renowned jazz singer David Linx. During her master’s studies she went to study for one year at the prestigious “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris” (CNSNDP) with an “Erasmus” scholarship.
She did workshops and private lessons with Judie Niemack, Gillyanne Kayes, Dominique Eade, Joey Blake, Jeannie Lovetri, Norma Winstone, Maria Pia de Vito, Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra, and completed the two levels of the “Estill Voice Training Systems” (EVTS) course, in Scotland and Portugal. In 2002, Sofia began studying advanced vocal improvisation with Rhiannon, and in 2014 she completed the ‘All the way in’ program, a three week long master class which took place in Hawaii, Holland and Italy. She has since been selected to co-pilot Rhiannon’s 2017 course.
Sofia Ribeiro won several international prizes, such as the second prize of the first “Brussels International Young Jazz Singers Competition” (Belgium, 2005), the first prize at the “International Jazz Competition for Singing Musicians: Voicingers” (Poland, 2008), and the first prize at the “Crest Jazz Vocal” competition (France, 2010). In March 2008 she participated in the prestigious “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” program at the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC).
She has recorded nine albums: “Dança da Solidão” (2006), in duo with Marc Demuth, “Orik” (2008) with the Marc Demuth 4tet, “Porto” (2010), in collaboration with Gui Duvignau, “Mil e uma cores” (2012) and “Mil y un colores” (2013, spanish version), children’s music written for Manuela Mota Ribeiro’s books, “Apenas” (2012), in duo with Bartolomeo Barenghi, “Lilás” (2014), in duo with Andres Rotmistrovsky, and “Ar” (2012) and “Mar Sonoro” (2016), both arranged and produced by Juan Andrés Ospina. Her album “Ar” received the prize “Révélation” from the famous magazine Jazzman (Paris, France).
For the past 12 years, Sofia has been performing intensively all over Europe, South America and North America with her own projects and also as a sideman, playing with top musicians from different nationalities. Her recent performances include: Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, Portugal), Philharmonie (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg), Millennium Stage (Washington, U.S.), Rockwood Music Hall (New York, U.S.), Silesian Jazz Festival (Katowice, Poland), Jamboree (Barcelona, Spain), Festival de Jazz de Burgos (Burgos, Spain), Jazzy Colors Festival (Paris, France), Festival de Jazz do Valado (Valado dos Frades, Portugal), Brussels Jazz Marathon (Brussels, Belgium), Euro Jazz Gala (Trier, Germany), Jazz au Chellah (Rabat, Morocco), April Jazz (Espoo, Finland), Easy Jazz Festival (Zory, Poland), Festival Internacional de la Cultura (Colombia) and Jazz a la Calle (Uruguay), among many others.
Sofia teaches teaches workshops regularly, of voice and improvisation, all over Europe, the United Sates, and in Colombia. She has been invited as a guest teacher in schools and Universities such as “Conservatori del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain)”, “L’Aula de Música Moderna (Barcelona, Spain)”, “Universidad Sergio Arboleda (Bogota, Colombia)”, “Universidad EAFIT (Medellin, Colombia)”, “Ecole de Musique Echternach (Echternach, Luxembourg)”, “Facultad de Artes – ASAB (Bogota, Colombia), “Trempolino (France), “Hot Clube de Portugal (Lisbon, Portugal)”, Katowice Academy of Music (Poland) and Voicingers (Poland), among others.
She is part of the european vocal ensemble PLAYground, which creates completely improvised performances. While teaching, performing and improvising, Sofia explores the endless potentiality of music and improvisation as a way to transform yourself; a journey towards authenticity, vulnerability and deep connection to one another.