Adolfo Mendonça is a pianist, keyboard player and music instructor.
He has performed in several music festivals and jazz venues in the United States, Brazil, France and Mexico, including Jazz a Vienne 2019 (France), St. Petersburg Jazz Festival (USA) 2019 and 2020, Blue Note Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Santos Jazz Festival (Brazil) 2018 and 2019. As a sideman, he has played with Arthur Maia, Byafra, grammy-winner Jose Valentino Ruiz and the American-Brazilian band "O Som do Jazz".
As an educator, Adolfo has teaches jazz piano and jazz ensemble at the Guarulhos Municipal Conservatory n Brazil. He has also received several invitations for teaching masterclasses in colleges and music schools, such as Unicamp, USP, Unesp, Souza Lima, Santa Marcelina, EMESP (in Brazil), St. Petersburg College and Hillsborough College (in the USA), in addition to many other music schools.
During his master's degree at the University of South Florida, he learned jazz improvisation and composition with professors such as Chuck Owen, Jack Wilkins, Mark Taylor and Chris Rottmayer.
Also, he received received an award for high-level music research, a graduate assistantship and three different kinds of scholarships.
In addition to his master's degree, he took several courses in Brazil. He holds a bachelor of arts in Music Education after attending Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, in Brazil. Also, he attended Centro Tom Jobim and has lessons with Roberto Sion (former Jobim's sax player and Pau Brasil founding member), Arrigo Barnabe, Nailor Proveta and Julio Cesar Figueiredo. Finally, he has studied classical piano at Conservatorio Ivanildo Reboucas.
In the United States, he has also studied at the New York Jazz Academy and had private lessons with professors such as Lynne Arriale, Per Danielsson, Martin Bejerano, Adam Birnbaum and Tammy Scheffer.