Cuban music is currently enjoying a thriving renaissance; musicians from all over the island are performing in the world’s most prestigious venues, and pianists are undoubtedly the stars of this varied Cuban musical offer. Theirs is a golden generation, with renowned virtuosos displaying incredible technical prowess, and who’ve captured and charmed us. However, in the last decade, until now no one has emerged that is capable of brings together virtuosity and technique, and plays a music imbued with passion; with a unique, wordless voice that evokes feelings and makes us travel through different landscapes, a constant journey entering and exiting the island, without the need for a specific destination.
Born into a musical family in Havana in 1975, Roberto Fonseca remains faithful to the wish he has had from the beginning of his career: I want my music to reach people who don’t know me, and I dream of one day becoming a reference for my audience…”
He started studying piano at the age of 8, though his initial passion was percussion. This interest at such an early age would clearly influence on his trademark “percussive” piano-playing style. At the age of 14, he created his first compositions, drawing inspiration from the Afro-Cuban genre, “At school we used to regard American Jazz as a reference; I felt that my music would be a fusion of both genres … I liked lots of jazz musicians, such as Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, but also old American Funk and Soul classics.”