Aruán Ortiz is a critically acclaimed, Cuban pianist, an award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, not only on the New York City scene, but internationally as well.
Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions. He has received a number of awards such as Latin Jazz Corner’s Arranger of the Year 2011 for his contribution on the album, “El Cumbanchero” (Jazzheads 2011) by flutist Mark Weinstein; Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000); and Semifinalist, Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition, Montreux, Switzerland (2001).
Before arriving in New York to play with the Wallace Roney Quintet, Aruán was one of the key members for the Esperanza Spalding Trio’s debut album Junjo (Ayva Music 2006), where All about jazz said: “The trio has… splendid flashes of precision from pianist Aruán Ortiz who is excellent throughout”
Aruán has recorded five recordings, all very well received by the critics. Alameda (Fresh Sound, 2010), received 4 stars in Jazzwise magazine (U.K.), and was reviewed as a sophisticated outing of modern jazz. This album was named one of the top jazz CDs of the year in 2010 by numerous jazz magazines and blogs around the world.