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Vitor Gonçalves


Vitor Gonçalves is a pianist, accordionist, composer, and arranger from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After an illustrious career in Brazil, playing with such icons as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Itiberê Zwarg, and many others, Gonçalves moved to New York City in 2012, where he currently resides. In addition to leading his own projects, Gonçalves collaborates with Anat Cohen, Vinícius Cantuária, Anthony Wilson, Cyro Baptista, and Yotam Silberstein, among others. Ensembles that he co-leads include SanfoNYa Brasileira and Regional de NY.

Gonçalves performs regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Standard, and The Jazz Gallery, and has played in jazz festivals and venues around the world, including Newport Jazz, Jazz à Vienne, Umbria Jazz Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and the Coliseum in Lisbon, Portugal. He has been featured in NPR’s Jazz Night in America and The New York Times as a guest of Spok Frevo Orquestra.

In 2017, Gonçalves released his debut album on Sunnyside Records, Vitor Gonçalves Quartet, featuring Dan Weiss (drums), Thomas Morgan (bass), and Todd Neufeld (guitar). He received two 2020 GRAMMY nominations, for Best Latin Jazz Album with Thalma de Freitas and for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album with Anat Cohen Tentet.