Aldo is back at SFJazz
The greatest young pianists on the Cuban scene share this double bill, with López-Nussa’s duo and López-Gavilán performing solo.
“A Cuban pianist and composer of immense talent, Aldo López-Gavilán is one of the most fascinating artists of the moment.”
“As a performer and composer, Aldo López-Gavilán has developed a very fast-rising international career that has landed him in some of the world's premier venues and included collaborations with many of the world's leading musicians.”
“With over ten studio albums released and dozens of awards to his name, this talented young artist has already established himself as one of the most influential artists in Cuban music.”
Aldo López-Gavilán is a renowned Cuban pianist and composer born on December 20th, 1979. He began playing piano at a very young age and was quickly recognized as a prodigious talent.
He studied classical piano at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory and the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana and later at the Trinity College of Music in London, United Kingdom, where he also developed his skills as a composer.
Aldo’s music blends classical, jazz, and Cuban rhythms, and he has become known for his unique and innovative approach to both composition and performance. He has appeared at some of the world's most prestigious venues, such as Teatro Teresa Carreño (Venezuela), Teatro de Bellas Artes (Mexico), Royal Festival Hall (U.K.), Nybrokajen 11 (Sweden), The Hall of Music (Russia), Duc de Lombard et Petit Journal Montparnasse (France), Montreal Symphony House at Place des Arts (Canada), Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in the U.S.A.
As a soloist pianist he has performed with some of the most recognized symphony orchestras in the world, such as: Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Cuba), Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra (Venezuela), Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (Colombia), São Paulo Jazz Symphonic Orchestra (Brasil), Chicago Philharmonic, The Florida Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Festival Napa Orchestra, Classical Tahoe Festival Orchestra, The South Florida Orchestra, West Michigan Orchestra, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Blue Note among others in the United States.
He has also collaborated with many distinguished musicians, including Leo Brower, Omara Portuondo, Chucho Valdés, Arturo Sandoval, Carlos Varela, Maestro Claudio Abbado, Ivan Lins, Pedro Aznar and Fito Paez, Joshua Bell, Ken-David Masur, Michael Francis, Dave Matthews, Jackson Browne, Wynton Marsalis, Byron Stripling, and Harlem Quartet.
In addition to his work as a pianist and composer, Gavilan has also worked as a conductor and arranger, and he has composed music for film and television. Today, he is considered one of the most important figures in contemporary Cuban music.