Born in Rio de Janeiro, Ricardo Silveira grew up listening to the music of his native country: bossa nova, samba, and the rhythms of Carnival. He then became intrigued by Jimi Hendrix and later became influenced by Wes Montgomery and George Benson.
On leaving Brazil, Silveira spent two years in studying in the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After several years playing with Herbie Mann in New York, Silveira returned to Brazil and became one of Rio's most requested studio musicians. He recorded hundreds of projects with Brazil's most respected artists, and toured with many of them, including Milton Nascimento, with whom he co-wrote and arranged the Brazilian standard Portal da Cor.
In subsequent years, Silveira recorded several albums, including Small World, his third straight release to reach #1 on the jazz radio charts. In 1995, his album Storyteller also reached the top five. More recently, his 2004 CD, Noite Clara, was nominated for the Latin Grammy in the best instrumental CD category. Since then, Silveira has released several additional CDs, often in collaboration with other noted artists, and he has worked with singer Ney Matogrosso as an arranger and musical director. He produced the Toninho Horta Moon Stone CD and Emilio Santiago's De Um Jeito Diferente, which won two Premio Tim awards in 2008. In addition, he appeared on Randy Brecker's Randy in Brasil CD, the 2009 Grammy winner for best contemporary CD.
For the past three years, Silveira, has hosted a cable TV music program called Estudio 66, where he performs with popular musical guests. His recording Ricardo Silveira Organ Trio, with Vanessa Rodrigues and Rafael Barata, will be released in 2014.