One of the great figures of what is known as Afro-Cuban jazz. His performances boast a limitless virtuosity that makes him one of America’s most important contemporary jazz musicians.
Born in Havana in 1963, he studied music in a conservatory from 1971 to 1983, and soon afterwards joined the traditional Aragon Orchestra, with which he toured Europe and some African countries. Discovered by the double-bass player, Charlie Haden, he joined Haden’s band and made his debut with the latter in the Havana Jazz Festival in 1986 and subsequently in the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1990. This led to him writing his record “Discovery”, Rubalcaba’s door to success as one of the great contemporary jazz pianists.
In 1987 he recorded the album “Mi gran pasión”, capturing the attention and acclaim of the critics and the public. In 1990, he performed a live recording at the Montreux Festival, with Paul Motian on drums and Charlie Haden on the double bass.
Displaying his tremendous talent, in 1999 he produced his album “Inner Voyage”, considered by many to be the most remarkable jazz record in his discography. That same year, he was selected by the prestigious magazine Piano & Keyboard, as one of the sixty most important pianists of the 20th century.
Gonzalo has been nominated for fifteen Grammy Awards, including five for Jazz Album of the Year: “Rapsodia” in 1995, “Antiguo” and “Inner Voyage” in 1999, “Supernova” in 2002 and “Avatar” in 2008.
Since then, he has been continuously creating and recording in his studios in Miami, 5Passion Studios, and touring the globe, winning countless accolades.