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Aldo López-Gavilán


Born in Cuba to a family of internationally acclaimed classical musicians, Aldo López-Gavilán’s father is a conductor and composer, his mother is a concert pianist, and his brother is a violin virtuoso. López-Gavilán began his formal piano studies at the age of seven. He made his professional debut at the age of 12 with the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra. He later went on to perform Prokofiev’s Third Concerto with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba. Parallel to his classical abilities, López-Gavilán developed remarkable improvisational skills. He was invited to perform in the world-famous Havana Jazz Festival with legend Chucho Valdés, who called López-Gavilán “simply a genius, a star.” He has recorded six albums.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/8/2015: Piano Marathon Cubano featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco and Aldo López-Gavilán (Cuba)

Two of Cuba's top jazz pianists perform a lively two-hour marathon concert with one or two onstage at any given time. Pacheco is also a percussionist, composer, and vocalist, while López-Gavilán was born to a family of acclaimed classical musicians. Presented in collaboration with FUNDarte.

Aldo López-Gavilán