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Aruán Ortiz

"A former classically trained violist and pianist, Aruán Ortiz was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1973, and began his studies at the age of 8 at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte in his hometown. Continuing at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, he was marked by the influence of Bach, Mozart, Paganini and Liszt among others. After receiving various awards as a violist (Amadeo Roldán award for Best Mozart Interpretation, 1991, Best Interpretation of Cuban Music, 1991), and playing as a soloist with the Santiago Symphony Orchestra in 1992, he gave up the viola at the age of 20 in favor of the piano, an instrument he had always preferred and with which he most identified in his search for new sounds. Following his heart, Aruán went on to study classical piano at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Santiago de Cuba. In 1995 he won Best Cuban Composition at the Symposium of Cuban Music, Jamaica, and soon thereafter he was discovered by the Spanish record label Magic Music/Universal Records, which brought him to Spain where he participated in “La Isla de la Música” (1996). This project assembled music from all over Cuba, was acclaimed by the international press, and was recognized as one of the first albums to bring Cuban music to the European and American mainstream." -- from


6/27/04 - Cuban Social Club Night at the Ryles Jazz Club, music at 8PM. At 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA. See Mapquest.

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