The Kennedy Center

Michel Camilo


Pianist and composer Michel Camilo made his Carnegie Hall debut with his trio in 1985 and id a prominent figure worldwide. In December 1987 he conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic in works of Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven, Dvoøák and Camilo's own composition, The Goodwill Games Theme, which won an Emmy Award. He was musical director of the Heineken Jazz Festival in his native Dominican Republic from 1987-1992. His early jazz albums, Michel Camilo (Sony, 1988) On Fire, On the Other Hand (1990) and Rendezvous (1993) were best sellers. His Caribe was recorded by Katia and Marielle Labeque, and also by Dizzy Gillespie in 1991. His Rhapsody for Two Pianos and Orchestra, commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra, premiered a year later at the Royal Festival Hall. Mr. C amilo performed a series of piano recitals in 1996 as part of Copenhagen's Cultural Capital of Europe celebration, made debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in New York and performed in Israel, Spain, Mexico, Dominican Republic and at Zurich, Switzerland's, Tonhalle as part of the Jazz Piano Masters series. H e served as co-artistic director in 1998 for the first Latin-Caribbean Music Festival at the Kennedy Center, which featured performances by his trio and big band, as well as the world premiere of his Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, Suite for Piano, Strings and Harp & Caribe, with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin (later recorded by Slatkin and the BBC Orchestra and released on CD by Decca [UK 2001, USA 2002]). The following year, he toured with Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés, and performed with the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Camilo has composed and recorded a number of Spanish film scores. His CD Spain, with guitarist Tomatito, won Best Latin Jazz Album in the first Latin Grammy Awards (Verve, 2000). Mr. Camilo also performed in a trio concert in 2000 presented by the New Jersey Chamber Society with special guest Paquito D'Rivera. I n 2001, Camilo appeared on the soundtrack CD for the acclaimed Latin jazz film Calle 54 , directed by the Oscar-winning Spaniard Fernando Trueba. I n March 2002, Telarc released Triangulo, Camilo's latest trio recording, which features contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez.

April 2004
Michel Camilo


  • Tango for Ten
  • Piano Concerto