Ricardo Veiga, an award-winning composer, producer, and concert pianist, began his musical training at the age of four in Pasadena, California, giving his first public recital at the age of six. His teenage years were spent in London, England and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he continued his musical training and education under the tutelage of international pianists Jose Feghali and Linda Bustani.
In 1994, Ricardo earned a full piano performance scholarship from Texas Christian University. While studying at TCU, Ricardo was encouraged to train as a ballet accompanist by Fernando Bujones, the Artist in Residence at the time. An instrumental mentor, Mr. Bujones shaped Ricardo’s skills as a ballet piano accompanist, and Ricardo soon became Mr. Bujones’ first choice to accompany his master classes. Within no time, Ricardo received invitations to collaborate with both the Fort Worth Ballet and the Houston Ballet on their summer intensive programs.
Upon completion of his Artist Diploma from TCU, Ricardo returned to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in film production and composition. However, his passion and desire to continue working with dancers gave him the opportunity to collaborate with several dance studios and companies, including Alvin Ailey, California Institute of the Arts, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, San Francisco Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Pacifica, Le Studio Pasadena, American Ballet Theatre, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Santa Barbara Ballet, Donlon Dance Company (Germany), Cal State Long Beach University, Pomona College, Scripts College, and Claremont McKenna College.
Ricardo received first prize for Best Film Music at the 2012 Nashville Film Festival. He also received first prize for Best Song at the 2013 Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival. Ricardo has produced and scored over twenty-five films and is the founder and co-owner of Pelican Film Productions.