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. With a solid background in jazz studies, a very deep connection to Portuguese traditional music – Fado – and endless hours of listening to Brazilian legendary musicians, Sofia’s artistry challenges the boundaries of music labels. Well-known for her strong, emotional and uplifting performances, the multi-awarded singer has captivated audiences all over the world with her warm and charming sound.
With over eight albums as a leader, Sofia has been touring intensively all over the world for the past fourteen years. She won several international vocal prizes, including “Voicingers” (Poland, 2008), “Crest Jazz Vocal” (France, 2010) and Brussels “Young Jazz Singers” (Belgium, 2005). Her previous album “Ar” received the prize “Révélation” from the famous Jazzman/Jazz Magazine (Paris).
Sofia Ribeiro has a degree in Jazz Performance from ESMAE (Portugal). During her studies she did one-year exchange programs in Barcelona at ESMUC (Barcelona, Spain), and at Berklee College of Music (Boston, US), which she did through an international scholarship. At Berklee she studied with the famous jazz coach Bob Stoloff, and was awarded with the “Oliver Wagmann Memorial Scholarship” for “an outstanding vocalist demonstrating academic excellence at the college”. Later on she was selected to a master’s degree program at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Belgium). Through an ‘Erasmus’ scholarship she took the second year of her masters at the legendary “Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris” (France), and graduated with ‘Honors’.
She currently lives in New York and is as an artist in residence at the Carnegie Hall. She teaches workshops internationally, having been invited as a guest teacher in Universities and schools in Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Colombia, United States and Portugal.
MAR SONORO – CURRENT ALBUM
“Mar Sonoro” is a journey where emotions, images and poetry interact through Sofia’s splendid voice and a superb ensemble of international top musicians living in New York. Blending elements of jazz, Brazilian and Portuguese music, the new album is once again the result of the powerful combination of this exceptional singer’s talent as a vocalist and composer with the brilliant arrangements and production of Colombian pianist Juan Andrés Ospina, including several original compositions, two ‘fados’, and adaptations of poems by Portuguese writers Fernando Pessoa and Sophia de Mello Breyner, and also by the Colombian writer José Asunción Silva.