Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz, is a multi- Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning Cuban jazz pianist and composer who began studying classical piano, and drums, at age eight. He earned a degree in music composition from Havana’s Institute of Fine Arts in l983 and played in clubs and music halls in Havana. One of the most important and virtuosic Afro-Cuban jazz pianists on the scene today, he first garnered international jazz attention when Dizzy Gillespie discovered him in 1985. Soon after he began appearing regularly at major jazz festivals like Montreux and Montreal. He emigrated to the USA in 1993, and settled in South Florida in 1996. Today he enjoys a balance of touring, recording and teaching. His illustrious career has included recording with his own groups for several major labels including 11 albums for Blue Note, and also with jazz luminaries Ignacio Berroa, Ron Carter, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Charlie Haden, David Sanchez, and many more. He has been nominated twice for Billboard’s Latin Jazz Album of the Year.

Photo by Mario Garcia Joya