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Origin: Rio de Janeiro


Years Active: 2015 - Present

Label: Carioca Music

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Influenced by the classical and popular music he grew up with in Brazil and the jazz he embraced in the U.S., saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg is on a mission to share a wealth of Brazilian musical styles with audiences around the world.


+55 (21) 99505-0572


Musical Magazine - SindMusi 4th Edition


Note on the Rio de Janeiro Musician's Association Magazine about Retrato/Portrait release.



Difference Between Samba and Bossa Nova

B&B Music Lessons-by Michel Nirenberg, published September 2014


From the Masses to the Classes

Despite the term’s previous existence in Brazilians’ informal lexicon, the word “Samba” was officially used for the first time in 1917, in a 78rpm recording called “Pelo Telephone” (By the Telephone) by composer Donga.

  • Wammies Nomination for Best Jazz Recording of 2015 for the album Portrait/Retrato

  • Wammies Nomination for Best Debut Recording of 2015 for the album Portrait/Retrato

  • Full Scholarship/Assistantship in the Graduate Program of Music Performance at James Madison University, Harrisonburg-­‐VA in 2012

  • Second Place in the Young Soloists Competition, Music in the Museum, Rio de Janeiro-­‐Brazil in 2011

  • Winner of the Soloists Competition of UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Rio de Janeiro-­‐Brazil in 2011

  • Winner of the Fundarte Soloists Competition, Porto Alegre-­‐Brazil, in 2011

  • Finalist of the IV Furnas Geração Musical-­‐Chamber Music Competition, Rio de Janeiro-­‐Brazil in 2010

  • Finalist of the III Furnas Geração Musical-­‐Concerto Competition, Rio de Janeiro-­‐ Brazil in 2009

  • First Place of the XXVIII Latin-­‐American Chamber Music Competition Rosa Mística, Curitiba-­‐Brazil in 2009



Dan Bilawsky

All About Jazz 

September 2015


Baltimore Jazz Alliance

September 2015



Latin Jazz Network

July 2015


The Phillips Agency

All About Jazz

July 2015


Radio Interview at the Antidote show with Ken Avis WERA 96.7FM in Virginia-US, October 2017


Nirenberg Brings Brazilian Flavor to Baltimore.pdf - Baltimore Jewish Times, October 2017




Take Five with Michel Nirenberg

All About Jazz-by MICHEL NIRENBERG, published: March 17, 2015


Meet Michel Nirenberg: Michel Nirenberg is a Brazilian saxophonist and composer who has performed and recorded in North and South America with some of the leading names in Latin jazz. His first CD as a leader entitled Retrato/Portrait will be released in spring of 2015. It features leading Rogerio Souza, Dani Cortaza and Alex Brown along with Leonardo, Alejandro and Bruno Lucini.


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Brazilian Magazine Folha Sinfônica interviews Michel Nirenberg

Edição número 64 - páginas 16-18, publicada em Outubro de 2015



Michel Nirenberg: um brasileiro na cena musical jazzística de Washington. Saxofonista une música clássica, samba e o choro com o jazz e destaca-se com trabalhos autorais. Nesta entrevista exclusiva, ele fala sobre carreira e caminhos para o desenvolvimento e sucesso na música. Confira!

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