Professor of saxophone at the Lisbon Superior School of Music and Professor at the Lusíada University.
Rodrigo Pires de Lima completed his Doctoral Degree at the University of Minnesota (USA) in May 2019. He also completed a specialization (21st Century Music for Saxophone) at the Conservatory of Strasbourg (France), a Master Degree in Music Education, a Master in Music and he graduated in Music-Saxophone at the Lisbon Superior School of Music.
Pires de Lima Doctoral project, “The use of human echolocation in music” – the first musical piece for people with visual impairment without resorting to braille as a reading aid, obtained prominence in several Media channels.
Currently, Pires de Lima is Professor of saxophone at the Lisbon Superior School of Music and Professor of Improvisation in Music therapy and Culture and Repertory in Music Therapy at the Lusíada University.
Since 2003, Pires de Lima has been giving masterclasses in several conservatories and festivals such as at the Pražská konzervatoř (Czech Republic), Conservatório Regional de Ponta Delgada, Academia de Artes de Chaves, Conservatório d’Artes de Loures, Orfeão de Leiria Conservatório de Artes, University of Minnesota (U.S.A), Conservatório de Música Joly Braga Santos, Conservatório de Música Luís António Maldonado Rodrigues, U.M.N Marching Band (U.S.A), Conservatório de Música de Sintra, Sax@Sul Fest, Lira Açoriana (Azores), Estágio de Orquestra da Guia, Conservatório de música da metropolitana de Lisboa.
As a freelancer, Rodrigo Pires de Lima collaborated with several groups and musicians on different projects, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg (France), Calouste Gulbenkian Fundation Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra, Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, Clássica do Sul Orchestra, Orchestre de Saxophone de Strasbourg (France), Saxofínia Saxophone Quartet, Quatour de Saxophone de Strasbourg (France), Quarteto de Saxofones do Porto, Minnesota Varsity “Trio” (E.U.A), Tora Tora Big Band, Hot Clube Big Band, Portuguese Symphonic Band.
Pires de Lima was a saxophone Soloist at the Lisbon National Guard Symphonic Band from 2004 to 2019. He was Professor of saxophone at the Silva Marques Regional Conservatory of Music and Dance, Luís António Maldonado Rodrigues Conservatory and at the Lisbon Metropolitan Conservatory.
As a chamber music performer, he collaborated with the Czech pianist and composer Zdenka Kosnarova as Duo 152, and together toured Europe and performed recitals that have included some original compositions.
In 2017, Pires de Lima embraced a new project, Electroville Jukebox. This project mixes improvisation, contemporary music, World music, electronic music, Portuguese composers and some originals.
In 2018, Rodrigo Pires de Lima forms the « Trio » with Preston Duncan (saxophone) and Casey Rafn (piano). This project is dedicated to the work of Portuguese and American composers. This trio ended the year of 2018 with a series of recitals in the United States, ending the cycle with two concerts in New York, at the Manhattan School of Music and at the Buffet Showroom in Times Square. Pires de Lima premiered several solo a chamber music pieces, “Sarabande” – White, Isadora; “ZOLA” – Cardoso, Luis; “Safari” – Osterhouse, Ben; “Weiss (442Hz-453Hz)” – Pires de Lima, Rodrigo; “The Burning Signals” – Spreiter, Reid; “Daniela 3.0”- Pires de Lima, Rodrigo; “Guigo” – Almeida, Alexandre; “Primavera III”- Kosnarova, Zdenka; “Venio Domine”- Kosnarova, Zdenka; “Saxophone Quartet”- Barroso, Marco.
He combines his passion for chamber music with an active career as a soloist, performing solo concerts all over the country and abroad, recording premieres for saxophone and orchestra.
Recently, Rodrigo Pires de Lima has devoted part of his time to composing pieces with a focus on the saxophone. In 2013, he composed “Weiss (442Hz-453Hz)” for Alto saxophone solo, in 2017 “Daniela 3.0”, for Baritone saxophone, electric guitar, percussion and electronics and in 2019 “Oak Grove” for saxophone quartet.
Rodrigo Pires de Lima is an artist of Buffet Crampon, Eugene Rousseau Mouthpieces and Steuer reeds.