Emiliano 2 foto from Peter Purgar

The Guitarist, trombonist, conductor, arranger and composer, born in São Paulo (Brazil) in 1984, studied music firstly at the University of Campinas and develops his Doctoral Research nowadays with a focus on music for Jazz Symphonic Orchestra at the University of Music and Performing Art of Graz.

Emiliano released eleven albums as bandleader with his trio, his nonet and his own big band and his music was played in important Brazilian, Australian and European jazz clubs and festivals.

Emiliano foto from peter purgar

As composer and instrumentalist, Emiliano got the 3rd Prize in the Jazz Comp Graz Composition Contest and more than ten Downbeat Student Awards in the categories “Best Jazz Guitar Player”, “Best Blues/Pop Guitar Player”, “Best Arranger”, “Best Composer for Large Ensemble”, etc.

As a conductor, arranger and composer, he has worked with diverse professional big bands and orchestras around the globe such as Metropole Orkest (Holland), HR Big Band (Frankfurt), Lungau Big Band (Salzburg), JazzKombinat (Hamburg), Uptown Big Band (Bern), Wayjo (Perth), Toshi Clinch Big Band (Melbourne), Fete Huppe (Hannover), Big Band Copenhagen, HRT Croatian Radio Band, Regensburg University Jazz Orchestra, Graz Composers Orchestra, Mere Big Band (São Paulo), Soundscape (São Paulo), Speaking Jazz Big Band (São Paulo) Badi Assad, Dominguinhos, the Trombone Quartet of Campinas, etc.

To buy the newest records directly with Emiliano, please check the Bandcamp.


Some lines about…

“You only know Sampaio’s pieces when you’ve really heard them to the end. Hardly anyone else brings so many new ideas into jazz.”

Jazzthetik Magazine, Hans Jürgen-Schaal (Germany, 2020)


“Die Bigband ist sensationell, es gibt keine Schwachstelle.”

Concerto Magazin about “Music for Small and Large Ensembles” (Austria, 2019)


„Irgendwie wird man den Eindruck nicht los, hier bewerbe sich wer für die Erste Liga der Top-Arrangeure.“

Fono Forum about “Music for Small and Large Ensembles” (Germany, 2019)


“Emiliano Sampaio has created an exceptional collection of original compositions. Beautifully performed and produced, both ensembles bring to life the work of a passionate young composer who is developing a unique and expressive voice.”

Dr. Dave Lisik about “Music for Small and Large Ensembles” (Victoria University of Wellington – New Zealand)


“Mr. Sampaios´s originality is undoubtably putting a huge smile on the faces of Gil Evans, Moacir Santos and Rachmaninoff. Simply put: musical poetry in motion”

Luis Bonilla (Professor at the Manhattan School of Music NY) 2016


“Emiliano Sampaio is an amazingly talented young Brazilian guitarist, trombonist, composer and arranger (…) His music is complex and beautiful. He is a “tourist” with a ticket to great things. I look forward to enjoying the ride.”

Frank Alkyer (Downbeat Magazine) 2015


Big Band foto from Eckhart Derschmidt


“He seems to have a limitless supply of melodies. Sometimes I hear Mingus, sometimes early Ellington, sometimes Brazil, Paris, but always Emiliano.”

Michael Abene (WDR Big Band Conductor) 2015


“(…) Emiliano Sampaio and his Mereneu Project have created something very special with this recording, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.”

Ed Partyka (HR Big Band Conductor) 2014


“What a lovely track. The choppiness of the opening guitar notes leads into a languid ballad that gets more dreamy as it goes along. Just beautiful.”

All About Jazz about the track “Pe de Moca” 2011


For a complete curriculum please download the PDF file: 1377033589_Adobe-Acrobat-Reader


Master Research (University of Campinas – Unicamp) 1377033589_Adobe-Acrobat-Reader


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