Gonzalo Grau

 

gonbio1   From a very strong musical legacy, Gonzalo Grau began his musical studies at the age of five in Caracas, Venezuela. His musical journey began with classical music, playing cello in symphonic orchestras, and chamber music ensembles. At the same time, Gonzalo learned other styles like Latin music, and Venezuelan popular music.

Later, he developed skills in many instruments like percussion, viola da' gamba, and piano, taking this last one as his principle instrument, and focusing his attention in popular music and jazz. At the age of 17, Gonzalo formed his first jazz group, and in just two years he was playing with some of the most recognized artists of his country.

 
Those artists he performed with include: Juan Luis Guerra y 4:40, Maroa, Aquiles Baez, National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, and Camereta de Caracas. Gonzalo has also shared the stage with Spiro Gira, Bob James, Seis de Solar, Willie Colon, and many more. He has recorded twenty two CDs and he has played in the most important theaters of Venezuela, Europe, Japan, the United States, and the Carribean.

In 1995, Gonzalo was awarded with a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, where he graduated in 1998 with the mention Summa Cum Laude as a Piano Performance Major. He is currently playing with La Timba Loca, Mango Blue, Aquiles Baez, Pedro Cortes, and many other local artists.

 

 

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