Nuno Santos Silva was born in Porto, Portugal on November 30, 1980, coming from a family of musicians. Nuno started his music studies at the age of 9 with his grandfather, also a trumpeter. He continued study with the Foz do Douro Philharmonic Band at 10 years of age where he still performs as soloist. At the age of 12, he went to the Conservatory of Music in Porto City. Starting in 2009, he began his study of jazz, joining the School of Music “Valentim de Carvalho”, under the tutoring of Prof. and musician João Pedro Brandão. In 2010, he represented this music school in the 8th edition of S. Luis Portuguese Jazz Festival in Lisbon. He had theoretical indications with the musician Paulo Perfeito and trumpet practical indications with Gileno Santana. In 2009, he participated in the Masterclass with Chris Cheek & in 2010 with Jorge Rossy and Bill McHenry. In 2012 attended the lecture series by James Morrison, one of the most respected multi-instrumentalists of the world. Nuno is now a respected Trumpet Professor in the BMG Music Academy since 2011 till 2012 and in particular students classes since 2000. Today, he is an eclectic and versatile musician, participating in several noted music groups.
PHILHARMONIC: Trumpet Soloist in Foz do Douro Philharmonic Band, Trumpeter in Forum Philharmonic Band, Gondomar Philharmonic Band, S. Martinho do Campo Philharmonic Band, Moreira da Maia Philharmonic Band and also Carregosa Philharmonic Band. He has performed with several Philharmonic Bands: S. Martinho da Gandra, Vila Boa de Quires, Leverense, São Paio de Oleiro.
JAZZ: His forte currently is lead trumpet in Melres Jazz Band, lead trumpet in OLVS BIG BAND, Invicta Big Band in Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos Junior and Valentim de Carvalho Jazz Orchestra. He occasionally collaborates with several orchestras namely: Paulo Perfeito NU Jazz Orchestra, Let’s Groove Big Band, Ritmos Ligeiros Orchestra, Gondomar Orchestra, OLB3m Orchestra, Graciano Saga Orchestra, Taxxis Orchestra, Metro Big Band (American band), Black Coffee and the Sould Business Band.
ENSEMBLES: He is lead trumpet and founder of the group “NuDia Duo” (piano + trumpet + cajon, trumpeter in “Litos e Quinhas e os Bandalhos”, founder and trumpeter in “MOMENTUS – musical group for events & weddings”. In 2013 Nuno Santos Silva and Miguel Bandeirinha (Fado soul contest winner) develop a new music group, “FADO DIFERENTE” featuring his trumpet styling. SOLO: in 2012 he develops a solo project: “LIVE ACT” – Trumpet improvisation and when invited, he performs in nightclubs & discos.
CURRENT ACTIVITIES: Since 1993 he has performed at many venues: Special Events, Exhibitions, Jazz festivals, Theaters, Churches, cultural centers, FNAC, Sala Tejo in Pavilhão Atlântico, Cruises, Hotel Cascais Miragem, B-flat, Breyner 85, HotFive Jazz Club, Back Splash Bar, Maus Hábitos, Hard Club, Downtown Lounge, Café Cultural, Tertúlia Castelense, Havana Club, Tribeca, Casa do Infante, Clube Fenianos Portuenses.
To his credit, he was solo trumpet in “ERUDITOS”, 1st trumpet in “La Belle Époque orchestra”, “Let’s Groove Big Band”, was the founder member and trumpeter of the “Foz do Douro Brass Quartet”, trumpeter in “La Belle Époque” and in “Mancelos Orchestra Festival” under the artistic direction Afonso Alves. In 2007 participated in “Orchestra of the day” at the Oporto House of Music.
In 2010, he performed for the “Valentim de Carvalho” music school, and plays with the EMVC Jazz Quintet in the 8th Festival of Jazz St. Louis Jazz Festival, The Portuguese Lisbon. In 2011, with “Valentim de Carvalho Jazz Orchestra”, the 15th edition of Matosinhos Jazz Festival and played with METRO BIG BAND (American jazz orchestra) in a mini-tour around Porto City. In July of 2011 was selected to perform with the Gois Wind Orchestra and participated in the 3rd edition of the largest Jam Session in Porto city. In 2012, he was invited to play in the musical project “Fado à Porto”, an event with more than 60 musicians, singers and composers who bring the “FADO” to the streets of Porto.
He was one of the directors of Foz do Douro Philharmonic Band, with functions related to marketing as well as trumpet professor of talented young trumpet players.
Nuno Santos Silva has been supported by KOSER -International Business Consultancy and promoted by “Sons of the Empire” (Enterprise Marketing Organization and Pianos & Event Production).
Nuno plays and endorses Phaeton Flugelhorns exclusively and is currently performing on his Phaeton Flugelhorn PHTF-2060 Black Onyx.