Jorge Continentino was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1974. He started playing piano at the age of 7, then adventured in the trumpet for 3 years and found the clarinet as his passion at the age of 13. When he was 15 he started playing the saxophone and later on the flute and the pífano. “I’ve been mainly a professional musician and recording artist, arranger and composer, but always had private students and taught different music workshops along my journey. I love teaching and inspiring my students to learned how to research music on their own, to be curious about learning and applying what they learn in the real world of a musician and artist”. In 2006 Jorge had the opportunity of teaching at UF (University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL), he taught at BMI (Brazilian Music Institute, an amazing program led by Dr. Larry Crook and Dr. Welson Tremura). Later on, on the same year he went back to teach more workshops at UF. He was called again in 2013 and 2014 to teach at UF. Jorge has done lectures and workshops at other universities, like FSU in Tallahassee, FL and schools of music in Brazil.
As a professional musician Jorge have performed and recorded with people like: Marisa Monte, Milton Nascimento, Durval Ferreira, Bebel Gilberto, Eumir Deodato, Marcos Valle, Nelson Ângelo, Duduka da Fonseka, Filó Machado, Skank, Jason Lindner, David Byrne, Stewart Copeland, Steve Earle,to name a few. Also Jorge leads his now projects, like his Brazilian Jazz and Jazz groups. Jorge is co-leader of the group Forro in the Dark with Mauro Refosco and Guilherme Monteiro.