Ricardo Herz is a global violin revolution-in-the-making with his unparalleled originality, charm and swing! He has created a deeply personal violin sound and technique that channels the folkloric sounds of rural accordion and fiddle traditions, the soaring melodies of choro, Brazil’s earliest urban popular music, and a deeply personal, instantly recognizable composition style. Influenced by greats such as Dominguinhos, Luiz Gonzaga, Egberto Gismonti & Jacob do Bandolim, Herz’s mix of Brazilian and African rhythms with jazz improvisation and contemporary composition has led to international acclaim.
Herz is a graduate in classical violin from the University of São Paulo, having laid his musical foundation at the Fukuda School in São Paulo beginning at age 6. Since then, he has studied at the renowned Berklee College of Music (USA) and at the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, school of the legendary French jazz violinist.
Since returning to Brazil in 2010, Herz has performed in musical collaborations with many of the most important musicians in Brazil, such as Yamandú Costa, Dominguinhos, Nelson Ayres, and Proveta, and as a soloist with a wide variety of orchestras, including Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica, Orquestra Sinfônica de João Pessoa, Orquestra Municipal de Jundiaí, Projeto Guri, Orquestra Filarmônica de Violas, and Orquestra Breusil.
With his Ricardo Herz Trio, he has recorded two albums, Aqui é o meu lá and Torcendo a Terra.
Herz has recorded a number of duo albums: with vibraphonist/composer Antonio Loureiro, accordionist Samuca do Acordeon, and pianist/arranger/conductor Nelson Ayres, and, most recently, virtuoso guitarist Yamandú Costa. He has also released an album of children’s music, and performed this repertoire with the Cantilena Ensemble.
Herz is also a dedicated teacher and promoter of Brazilian violin. He has taught in diverse settings and recently launched his own online “Brazilian Popular Violin Course.”