GUSTAVO CASENAVE pianist and composer "...one of the best pianists our country has..." DIARIO EL PAIS (URUGUAY) '... a true original artist...' BETTE MIDLER ' '... marvelous musical skills ...' ROBERT DUVALL '... brilliant, virtuous...' DIARIO LA NACION (ARGENTINA) '... Gustavo Casenave plays with distinct straightahead jazz feel at times and at other times he melds into the elaborated voicings of tango...' JAZZ TIMES (USA) '... he is a very talented musician with a very interesting, personal and original jazz style...' (GARY BURTON) '... excellent pianist...' - XAVER MAGAZINE (GERMANY) '... virtuous, and exciting...' - CONCERTO MAGAZINE (AUSTRIA) '... incredible technique...' - KARNTEN KLEINE ZEITUNG (AUSTRIA) Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1971, Pianist and Uruguayan composer graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, U.S.A. He lives in New York City, where he teaches composition and improvisation at the 'Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts' since 1997. AWARDS - 2001 Semifinalist in the 'Independent Music Awards' together with Manolo Badrena, John Benitez and Thomas Wallisch (USA) - 1999 International Prize winner: 'Belgian Artistic Promotion' Europe Jazz Contest 1999 (BELGIUM) - 1997 'Professional Achievement Scholarship' Berklee College of Music (USA) - 1997 'Professional Music Achievement Award' Berklee College of Music (USA) - 1996 Selected amog the 10 best composers coming out from Berklee in 30 years (1966 - 1996) (USA) - 1994 Full scholarship from the O.A.S. (Organization of American States) (URUGUAY) Since 1994, he has been touring through Europe, Asia, South America, Central America and United States, presenting his music with his different groups in the most prestigious festivals and concert halls worldwide including: Europe Jazz Contest '99 (BÉLGIUM), Kodak Theatre (Los Angeles- USA), Teatro Solis (URUGUAY) Chung Mu Art Hall (KOREA) Sony Studio (JAPAN) Lincoln Center (New York USA) Porgy & Bess Jazz Club (Vienna/AUSTRIA) Centro de Bellas Artes de Caguas (PUERTO RICO) The A Train (Berlin/GERMANY), Hypo Jazz Festival (AUSTRIA), Jazz Festival Seeon (GERMANY), Metropolitan Museum (New York USA) Graz Jazz Festival (AUSTRIA), JazzKeller (Frankfurt -GERMANY), Sala Verdi (URUGUAY), Benaroya Hall (Seattle WA USA), Cooper Union - Great Hall (NYC - USA), The Jazz Cable Channel (NewYork - USA), Keep Walking Jazz Tour Festival (URUGUAY), Town Hall (New York, USA) Manhattan Neighborhood Network (NewYorkTV Channel), ORF (National TV/ AUSTRIA), BET ( TV - USA), BPC Hall (Boston USA), International Jazz Festival at Kempten,(GERMANY), International Contest for Contemporary Chamber Music at Düsseldorf (GERMANY) Sala Zitarrosa (URUGUAY), TV Channels 4, 5,10,12, VTV,FTV,TV Ciudad (TV/URUGUAY). He worked with celebrity singer and actress Bette Midler being his musical director and teacher for two years, with duo presentations . Also he collaborated with legendary actor Robert Duvall in recent projects and with singer Neil Sedaca. As a film scoring composer on a major film, he debuted in 2006 in the Spanish -Uruguayan film: 'The Rind' from the producers of Pedro Almodovar's movies As a jazz musician, he performs with such musicians such as John Benitez, Mark Egan, Manolo Badrena, Mark Egan, Charlie Persip, Avishai Cohen, Jorge Trasante, Curtis Lundy and Miguel Zenón among others. As a Tango pianist, arranger and composer, he performs regularly with great tango artists such as Victor Lavallen (bandoneon player from the Osvaldo Pugliese 's Orchestra, and and Mariano Mores), Carlos Niesi ( D' arienzo Orchestra), Hector del Curto (O. Pugliese Orchestra), and many more. He also tours worldwide with the Broadway hit Forever Tango, Eternal Tango Orchestra and Avantango. In the classical world, he presents himself as a composer and performer of his works as soloist, duos, trios, and also participating with Yo-yo Ma, the Panamerican Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble of the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, His discography includes 13 album as a leader and participating projects, edited in USA, Germany, Austria, Belgium and Uruguay. CONTACT Gustavo Casenave email: firstname.lastname@example.org In New York City: 27 -18 Hoyt Ave. South Apt# 1A Astoria, NY 11102 USA Tel: (718) 6265467 cell:(917) 296 9624 In Uruguay: Zelmar Michelini 742 Maldonado, Uruguay Tel: (598) 2 6131029 cel: (099) 582368.