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Marialy Pacheco

Marialy Pacheco (Cuba)

Winner of the Montreux Jazzfestival Solo Piano Competition in 2012, Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco combines Caribbean temperament and excellent technique to produce a truly breath-taking music full of virtuosity, authenticity and joy in performing.

Line Up:

Marialy Pacheco - piano

Available projects:
Duo with Joo Kraus (March, May, June, July, August, October 2018)
Duo with Rhani Krija (March, April, July, August 2018)
Trio with Joo Kraus & Rhani Krija (March, April, July, August 2018)
Marialy Pacheco Trio (July, August, October, November 2018)

On Stage: 2-3
Travel party: 3-4


Marialy Pacheco can surely be considered as one of the most prominent rising stars of the Jazz piano. Chucho Valdes once called her "the greatest of young piano talents". At the time, she had just won a young musicians competition in Cuba, where Valdes headed up the jury. When Marialy Pacheco performs one can truly sense her virtuosity, flair and sheer joy of making music without constraints. Born in Havana 1983, Marialy Pacheco was raised in a musical family and began piano studies from an early age at the Conservatorio Alejandro García Caturla. At 15 she attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes, followed by three years of composition studies under Tulio Peramo at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana. In 2002 she won the Cuban competition Jo-Jazz, with Grammy award-winner Chucho Valdes presiding over the jury. Two years later she recorded her first album “Bendiciones”. The pianist moved to Germany, toured through Europe – both solo and with her trio – and built international reputation. On the occasion of the 185-year-old jubilee of Bösendorfer, Marialy Pacheco guested in 2013 as the only Jazz-Act, beside classical stars like Valentina Lisitsa and Maria Mazo in the Musikverein Wien. In 2014, Marialy was announced as first female jazz pianist worldwide to be an official „Bösendorfer Artist“. In spring 2014, her new album "Introducing" (Neuklang/Edel:Kultur) was released. After several solo albums, it is a trio album, with Juan Camilo Villa Robles on bass and Miguel Altamar de la Torre (both from colombia) on drums. As "special guests" she got the honor to get german trumpet player and Echo Jazz Winner Joo Kraus, even moroccan Rhani Krija, the Percussionist of STING. In August 2014, she gave her debut as classical pianist and showed her musical variety, when she performed Bach’s g-moll concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane/Australia, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno. Marialy Pacheco performed at national and international festivals like Montreux Jazz Festival, Aalener Jazzfest, Enter Music Festival (Poland), St. Moritz Art Masters, Rheingau-Musik-Festival, ZMF Freiburg, Jazzfestival Oloron (France) Audi Jazzfestival, Ingolstädter Jazztage, Piano City Milano, Havana Jazzfestival and at Beethovenfestival Bonn. In June 2016, she presented the project “Danzon Cubano” together with WDR Funkhaus Orchestra, even presented on Live-Stream at ARTE TV concerts. The project was represent in September 2016 at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. In summer 2016, she performed as a soloist at the Rheingau Musik Festival with "Cuban European Orchestra", conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. In January, 2017 she guested as a soloist with the legendary “Filmorchester Babelsberg” in the sold out Nikolaisaal in Potsdam. In April 2017, Marialy released the new album "DUETS" – quite an intimate and many-faceted album to which to itself Marialy Pacheco has invited her favourite musicians and friends, like Hamilton de Holanda, Omar Sosa, Joo Kraus, Rhani Krija, Miguel Zenon and Max Mutzke. In summer 2017, she performed at Montreux Jazzfestival and gave her debut in the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazzclub in London. Marialy Pacheco is the only, female pianist in the currently row of famous Cuban jazz piano players as for example Chucho Valdés, Roberto Fonseca, Omar Sosa or Gonzalo Rubalcaba.


2005 Bendiciones - Weltwunder Records
2006 Mi Azul - Weltwunder Records
2008 Destinos (- Timeless Records
2011 Songs That I Love - Pinnacles Music
2012 Tokyo Call - T-Toc Records, Japan
2013 Spaces Within - Pinnacles Music
2014 Live At T-Toc Studio - T-Toc Records, Japan
2014 Introducing - Neuklang/Edel:Kultur
2016 Live Studio Konzert – Neuklang/Edel AG|Edel:Kultur
2017 Duets - Neuklang/Edel AG|Edel:Kultur

YouTube Videos:

Duo mit Rhani Krija (Sendesaal Bremen), 2017

Album & Project "DUETS" (2017)

Duo mit Joo Kraus (Montreux Jazz Festival), 2017

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