The Gavilán Brothers at Music Worcester

Sunday -
4:00 PM
Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center
Worcester, MA


Ilmar and Aldo López-Gavilán are virtuoso Afro-Cuban musician brothers, born in Havana in the 70s. At 14, Ilmar outgrew his island teachers and was sent to the U.S.S.R. to study violin. He never lived in Cuba again, ultimately establishing himself as a sought-after violinist and teacher in the U.S.

Younger brother Aldo grew up mentored by Cuba’s impressive jazz and classical pianists, his extraordinary talent achieving renown on the island, but stymied elsewhere by the long-standing U.S. embargo.

Though they see each other when family finances and visa restrictions allow, they are still rarely able to collaborate musically on the same stage—something they are always seeking.

Tracking their parallel lives, poignant reunion, and momentous first performances together on stages across the U.S., LOS HERMANOS / THE BROTHERS is a nuanced, intensely moving view of nations long estranged, through the lens of music and family.


Los Hermanos (film screening – scroll down for preview clip at bottom of page)

Violin and piano recital to follow