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Dario Martin

Dario Martin

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Born in Havana, Cuba in 1987. He started his piano lessons at the age of 6. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with Golden Diploma at the Instituto Superior de Arte of Havana in 2011. In 2013 he continued studies with prestigious Professor Joaquin Achucarro at Southern Methodist University, where he finished his Master and Performer’s Diploma. He is currently finishing doctoral studies at Indiana University, Bloomington with Professor Arnaldo Cohen. He has won first prizes in international piano competitions in Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico and the U.S. He recently won the Concerto Competition at Indiana University, performing Ligeti’s Piano Concerto as a soloist. Some awards include First Prize in the Jose Jacinto Cuevas Yamaha Piano International Competition in Mexico and First Prize in the National Piano Competition UNEAC in Havana, Cuba. He received the Honors Music Award in 2015 and 2016, given to outstanding young musicians at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas. Martin has given solo and chamber music recitals in Japan, Mexico, Panama, Cuba, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany and the U.S. He has played as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Havana Chamber Orchestra and Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed in many music festivals in Europe and Latin America. His first CD was launched on 2011 and received the Cubadisco Award to the Best Classical Solo Album. Other recordings include the CD Netzaj, along with the trumpet player Fadev Sanjudo, and Up into the silence, with the singer Diana Fuentes. His most recent solo album, Juegos de agua, was recorded by FT Music in Mexico. He is supported by the Joaquin Achucarro Foundation, who included him as one of its legacy pianists.

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