Monday, 20 January 2014


The biography of Rui dos Reis has just been published on

Born in Lisbon, Portugal (1954), Rui dos Reis started playing the piano in his early childhood. In the 1970s, he became involved as a organ player and pianist in various pop bands, most notably Petrus Castrus and Quarteto 1111, with the latter of which he toured in the USA and Canada (1976). Meanwhile, he studied biology at university for some years, before giving it up and going for a career in the music business once and for all. Between 1976 and 1979, he studied classical piano and harpsichord at Lisbon's Conservatoire.

In 1979, Reis decided to explore new ways and moved to Switzerland. At the Geneva Conservatory, he studied the piano, harpsichord, composition, harmony, orchestration, and counterpoint. For six years (1988-’94), he worked with Swiss flautist Ilan Horowitz, both in the recording studio and on stage. Another extensive working relationship developed with two internationally renowned sopranos: Natalie Choquette from Canada and Japanese Tomoko Masur; with the latter, he recorded four Christmas albums. 

As a composer, Dos Reis composed many piano and jazz band pieces, as well as the cantata ‘Meditatio XXI’ (dedicated to the victims of World War II). He also worked on light music, writing a new, bilingual musical version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Since 1989, he has been the organist-in-residence at Montreux. Usually, he spends several months of the year away with family in America and Taiwan.

Rui Reis, who was the pianist in the orchestra of maestro Benoît Kaufman which provided the music in the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest in Lausanne, arranged and conducted the 1996 Swiss Eurovision entry ‘Mon coeur l’aime’, composed by Régis Mounir and performed by Kathy Leander. In Oslo, Switzerland finished sixteenth, with an equal number of points scored as Belgium.

Much more about Rui dos Reis via


En recherche de Pierre Chiffre: qui peut m'aider?

Déjà depuis des années, j'ai essayé à localiser Pierre Chiffre, pianiste et arrangeur français, apparament originant de la region aquitaine. Si vous le connaissez, savez de plus sur sa carrière ou comment le localiser, s'il vous plaît contactez-moi sur Je voudrais faire un interview avec lui pour ce website. Grand merci en avance! Bas Tukker.

Biographie Pierre Chiffre
Dans les années 70, il a travaillé comme compositeur / arrangeur / pianiste dans les studios d'enregistrement à Paris. Comme arrangeur, il a travaillé avec Pascal Bréhat, Johnny Hallyday ('Comme si je devais mourir demain'), Franck Didier et Claudia Alexandre. En or, il a écrit les arrangements musicaux pour quelques disques de Gérard Palaprat.

Pour le monde de spectacle, il a composé la musique pour la comédie musicale 'La nuit des temps' en collaboration avec Annie Nobel. Pour cette création, il a aussi écrits les arrangements et pris la direction d'un orchestre dans lequel il a joué lui-même le piano. Les autres musiciens dans cet ensemble étaient Christian Padovan (basse), Gérard Kawczynski (guitare) et Dédé Sitbon (batterie). En outre, Chiffre a aussi arrangé une autre comédie musicale, la version française de 'Hair'.

En 1974, Pierre Chiffre était l'arrangeur et chef d'orchestre pour Jacques Hustin, qui répresentait la Belgique au Concours Eurovision à Brighton et qui a obtenu une neuvième place. Apparament, Chiffre s'est retiré du monde de la musique dans les années 1980. Il serait devenu un specialiste informatique dans la région Bordeaux / Toulouse.

J'ai eu du contact avec Jacques Hustin (décedé il y a quelques années) et Gérard Palaprat, mais ni l'un ni l'autre était encôre en contact avec Mr. Chiffre.

In English
Pierre Chiffre worked as a studio arranger and conductor from the late 1960s until the early 1980s, recording music with artists such as Pascal Bréhat, Johnny Hallyday (‘Comme si je devais mourir demain’), Franck Didier, and Claudia Alexandre. Moreover, Chiffre arranged several records for Gérard Palaprat.
Chiffre was the arranger and conductor of the 1974 Belgian entry, ‘Fleur de liberté’ by singer-songwriter Jacques Hustin. This song finished ninth in the contest held in Brighton.

In case you know how to get in touch with Pierre Chiffre, please contact me via I would like to do an interview with him. Many thanks, Bas Tukker.