Conductors are fascinating figures, almost always eccentric, touched by genius. This is certainly the case with Rui Massena, a well-known figure on the Portuguese cultural. scene who helped transform Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture into a resounding success story. This also happened with the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, where he was conductor and artistic director for 12 years. Out of Portugal, among many concerts in numerous countries, he was the main guest conductor of the Rome Symphony Orchestra between 2007 and 2009 and the first Portuguese conductor to conduct at the mythical Carnegie Hall in New York. In Portugal, he embarked body and soul on the Expensive Soul Symphonic Experience adventure, a show in which a classical orchestra found space alongside the modern hip hop band Expensive Soul and which resulted in a successful DVD (the best-selling in Portugal in 2012).
After establishing himself for years as a conductor and orchestra director, Massena has been building a solid career as a composer and pianist.
His vast musical experience, which translates into the release of three albums and an EP – Solo (2015), Ensemble (2016), III (2018) and 20 PERCEPTION (2021), the latter two published by Deutsche Grammophone – and concerts in the most prestigious venues inside and outside the country, gives him an enviable and unique baggage, which translates into a fascinating universe of melodies.
His music is now present in some of the most important Modern Classic world playlists and his name is mentioned among the exponents of a genre that is gaining more and more followers all over the world.
In 2021, to mark the World Piano Day, Rui Massena was one of the artists chosen by Deutsche Grammophon to present a special concert as part of a truly stellar selection of the greatest pianists that the present has to offer to history, his name appearing alongside contemporary references of the instrument such as Lang Lang, Maria João Pires or Joep Beving.
On stage, this project presents itself in two formats: Piano Solo and Trio (see tour details).