Ricardo Branco was born on February 17, 1986 in Torres Vedras, Portugal. In 1999, he started to study saxophone in the Volunteer Fire Department band of Torres Vedras. In that same year he began studying at the “Music Conservatory Luis Antonio Maldonado Rodrigues”, where he attended classes for five years. He also attended the National Conservatory of Lisbon.
In 2004, studying Jazz in the “Jazz School of Torres Vedras” with Professor José Menezes, he attended several courses and masterclasses, where he studied with teachers: Fernando Ramos, José Massarrão, Mário Marzi, Henk Van Twillert, Scott Wendholt, Greg Tardy, John Fedchock, Jonatan Kreisberg, Gary Versace, Matt Penman, Gerald Cleaver, Francisco Blanco, João Falcato, Mario Laginha, Bernardo Moreira, Julian Argüelles, Pedro Moreira, Mitchell J. Fennell, Mulgrew Miller, Ivan Taylor, Rodney Green, Steve Nelson, Antonio Hart, Alberto Pinton, Chris Cheek, George Garzone, Michael Cheret, John Davis, Joseph Lepore, Nir Felder, Adam Birnbaum, Sara Serpa, Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, Claus Nymark, Guto Lucena, Luis Perdomo, Hans Glawischnig, Henry Cole, Miguel Zenón, Mark Turner, Avishai Cohen, Robin Eubanks, Stefon Harris, Edward Simon, Eric Harland, Rogério Boccato, Adam Cruz, Ben Street, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Danilo Perez.
From 2006 until 2013, he served his country and played in the Portuguese Air Force Band as saxophonist. For his service, he was awarded Public Praise for several values, including the “high artistic quality” and a Copper Medal for exemplary behavior.
In the academic year 2009/2010 he concluded his 3rd and final year of Jazz at the Music Academy in Lisbon.
In the academic year 2010/2011 he began his studies in Jazz Saxophone strand at the Higher School of Music in Lisbon.
He teached saxophone at the International School of Torres Vedras, BBVTV Academy and currently he only teach private lessons.
He Performs concerts with various bands as well as solo sets, at both the national and international level, within various genres.
Has accompanied Portuguese artists like:
Rui Veloso, Herman José, Cesar Mourão, Anselmo Ralph, Luís Represas, Boss AC, Jorge Palma, José Cid, Marisa, Camané, Cuca Roseta, Ana Bacalhau (Deolinda), Pedro Tatanka (The Black Mamba), Aurea, Jacinta, Guida de Palma, Vânia Fernandes, Raquel Tavares, Anabela, Lúcia Moniz, Rui Drumond, Tony Carreira, Mickael Carreira, Maria Viana, Maria Anadon, Fernando Tordo, Simone de Oliveira, FF, CC, Henrique Feist, Luísa Sobral, Katia Guerreiro, Rui Reininho, Cláudia Franco, Cherry, Marisa Liz (Amor Electro), Miguel Araújo (Os Azeitonas), Rita Guerra, Diana Martinez, entre outros.
And international artists:
Daniela Mercury, Nelson Freitas, Anitta, Leo Santana, Ed Motta, Paulo Flores, Yuri da Cunha, Anna Joyce, Naldo Benny, Zé Ricardo, Márcia Castro, Renegado, Luiza Possi, Stacey kent, Anthony Strong, Skyler Jett, Alexander Stewart, Tokunbo, Isabella Lundgren, Márcia Castro, Renegado, Luiza Possi and others.
Countries where he has performed:
Portugal, Spain, England, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg;
Colorado, Philadelphia, Washington DC, California, New York, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Florida, Vancouver, Mexico
Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina