Wed Oct 19 2016 7:30 pm
Harold Lopez-Nussa

Harold López-Nussa

Was born in Havana, Cubaon July 13, 1983. At the age of 8, he began his piano studies at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory. In 1995, he goes to study at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory. Some years later he finishes the specialty in Classic Piano and graduates at theHigher Institute of Arts (ISA).

During his young career he has performed as solist at Cuba’s most important theatres. He has performed with Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, Holguín Symphony Orchestra, Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and Havana Lyceum Mozartiano. He has played together with outstanding figures of Cuban traditional music and popular music, as well as with known jazz musicians such as Chucho Valdés, David Sánchez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, Bobby Carcassés, Elmer Ferrer and Alexander Brown. He was a band member for Omara Portuondo´s international tours since 2008-2011, and also he's actually a member of Maraca & The Monterey Latin Jazz All-Stars, a project that brings together excellent jazz musicians.

In 2007 he decides to focus on Jazz and creates his own band made up of talented and recognized musicians.

He has performed at important international venues such as the Olympia Theater and the anthological New Moring in Paris, the Barbican Center in London and the Ronnie Scott, the Satin Doll at Bordeux, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Wien Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Marciac Jazz Festival, Oslo World Music Festival, Barcelona Jazz International Festival, Nord Sea Jazz Festival, Martinique Jazz Festival, Verona Jazz Festival, 33rd Conference of International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE), Enghien Les Bains 1st Piano Festival, OLoron Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne, Jazz Standard in New York, Cotton Club at Tokio among many others.

He has received significant national and international awards in the classic and Jazz world. The most relevant one was the First Prize and the Audience Prize of the Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, on July 2005. Likewise, he received the “Jazz Talent 2011” granted by the French Music Association (ADAMI).

His records Cinco Conciertos para Piano y Orquesta de Heitor Villa-lobos (2003), where Harold plays the Number 4 Concert,Sobre el atelier (2007),Canciones (2008), Herencia (2009), El país de las maravillas (2011) and New Day (2013) highlight not only his virtuosity and versatility as an interpreter but also his dimension as a composer and arranger.

He has been part of relevant record projects such as Ninety Miles (Concord Picante), Esencial (Leo Brouwer), Rhythms del Mundo (Universal Music TV. Artists Project Earth), The Revolution presents REVOLUTION (Rapster Records) and Jazz Cuba Today (Unicornio. Abdala).