Conducting started to take place of instrumental performance in my career since 2008. Instead of playing saxophone and leading mid and small ensembles, I started conducting various orchestras and big bands, mostly featuring my compositions and arrangements. A year after I started conducting I was selected to participate in the Brazilian TV competition “Prelude” for young classical musicians (2009).

My awards as a conductor include 4 Downbeat Student Awards leading University of Miami ensembles in classical (2013) and latin jazz categories (2013, 2015 and 2016).

Rafael Piccolotto de Lima conducting UNICAMP Symphonic Orchestra at Teatro Castro Mendes, Campinas - Brazil. Jazz Symphonic concert featuring Rafael's music.

Rafael Piccolotto de Lima conducting UNICAMP Symphonic Orchestra at Teatro Castro Mendes, Campinas - Brazil. Jazz Symphonic concert featuring Rafael's music.

Rafael Piccolotto de Lima conducting UNICAMP Symphonic Orchestra at Teatro Castro Mendes, Campinas - Brazil. Jazz Symphonic concert featuring Rafael's music.

Rafael Piccolotto de Lima conducting UNICAMP Symphonic Orchestra at Teatro Castro Mendes, Campinas - Brazil. Jazz Symphonic concert featuring Rafael's music.

REPRESENTATIVE LIST OF CONDUCTING EXPERIENCE

  • 2017 – BMI New York Jazz Orchestra – New York, USA
  • 2017 – MÓ Collective (Brazilian Big Band) – New York, USA
  • 2017– Rafael Piccolotto de Lima Chamber Project – New York, USA
  • 2017 – Brazilian Music Foundation concert in tribute to Villa-Lobos – New York, USA
  • 2015-2016 – Rafael Piccolotto de Lima Large Ensemble (downbeat award) – Miami, USA
  • 2014-2016 – Orquestra Urbana – São Paulo and Campinas, Brazil
  • 2011-2016 – Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra assistant conductor – Miami, USA
  • 2011-2016 – Frost Concert Jazz Band (various recording sessions and concerts) – Miami,USA
  • 2012-2016 – Frost Recording Ensemble (downbeat award 2013) – Miami, USA
  • 2011 and 2015 – UNICAMP Symphony Orchestra – Brazil
  • 2014 – Rafael Piccolotto de Lima Jazz Orchestra – Miami, USA
  • 2013 and 2014 – Frost Salsa Orchestra assistant conductor (downbeat award) – Miami, USA
  • 2012-2014 – Frost Studio Jazz Band (various recording sessions and concerts) – Miami, USA
  • 2012 – Henry Mancini Institute Chamber Ensemble (downbeat award) – Miami, USA
  • 2009 and 2011 – UNICAMP Collective Orchestra – Campinas, Brazil
  • 2008 – GRUCA Orchestra (live soundtrack for video) – Campinas, Brazil

Rafael Piccolotto de Lima conducting UNICAMP Symphonic Orchestra at Casa do Lago, Barão Geraldo - Brazil. Jazz Symphonic concert featuring Rafael's music.

Rafael Piccolotto de Lima conducting UNICAMP Symphonic Orchestra at Casa do Lago, Barão Geraldo - Brazil. Jazz Symphonic concert featuring Rafael's music.