Ricardo Futre Pinheiro completed his Degree in Music (Summa Cum Laude) - Performance at Berklee College of Music, Boston; Degree in Psychology Sciences at the Universidade de Lisboa; and a PhD in Musicology (Ethnomusicology) at the Universidade Nova deLisboa. He currently teaches at the Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa, and is the Director of its Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. He is also the Director of the Master in Music Pedagogy (Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa and Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestrada Metropolitana). He also teaches at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Music/Jazz Program). He has experience teaching History of Jazz, Guitar (Jazz/Rock/etc), Ensembles, Culture and Repertoire in Music Therapy, Improvisation, Harmony, Ear Training, History of Jazz and Western Music, etc. He participated in conferences and meetings in Austria, Greece, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, among other countries, and published scientific papers in journals such as Acta Musicologica of the International Musicological Society or the Jazz Research Journal. Scholarships and Awards: Berklee College of Music (2000-2002); Fundação Luso-Americana Para o Desenvolvimento (2001-2002);Centro Nacional de Cultura (2001-2002); Rutgers University - Institute of Jazz Studies - Morroe Berger - Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund (2004); Fundação Para a Ciência e Tecnologia (2004-2008). He is also an Integrated Researcher at INET-MD - Institute of Ethnomusicology - Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He argued 29 post graduate dissertations in more than 5 Universities, and advised more than 20 Masters and PhD students. As a musician, he performed/recorded with musicians such as Peter Erskine, Chris Cheek, Matt Renzi, Jon Irabagon, Dave Carpenter, and Mário Laginha. Records as a leader: "Open Letter" Fresh Sound New Talent, 2010; "Song Form" TOAP, 2013; "Cinema & Dintorny" Fresh Sound Records, 2014 (in print).
He is the author of two books: Pinheiro, Ricardo. 2013. Perpetuating the Music: Entrevistas e Reflexões Sobre Jam Sessions. Porto:Papiro Editora (ISBN: 978-989-636-697-1); Pinheiro, Ricardo. 2012. Jazz Fora de Horas: Jam Sessions em Nova Iorque. Lisboa:Universidade Lusíada Editora (ISBN: 978-989-640-133-7).