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Cesar Orozco

Pianist, Composer, Arranger and Music Producer, Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award Winner 2014.

About Me

César Orozco is a prolific Cuban/Venezuelan pianist, composer and arranger with an innovative approach of fusion between Venezuelan and Cuban music with jazz. After fourteen years living in Venezuela, Mr. Orozco moved to the United States in 2012. He received a full tuition Assistantship from The Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University from where he completed a Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD) major in Jazz Piano. He also holds a degree in violin performance and ensemble conducting from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba. While in the States, Orozco has become an in-demand pianist within the DC/ Baltimore area. Some of the artists he has performed with include Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio “El Negro” Hernadez, Gary Thomas, Alex Norris, Eric Kennedy, Oscar Stagnaro, Peter Fraize, Michael Joseph Harris, and Alfredo Mojica among many others.

Throughout his career, besides the United States, he has toured in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Scotland, The Netherlands, Colombia, Argentina, and Mexico. As a leader, Orozco has performed in venues such as An Die Musik (Baltimore), the Kennedy Center, (Washington DC), Bolivar Hall in London, and the Bimhuis Jazz Club in Amsterdam. He has been part of more than 50 recordings including two solo albums with his own project César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz. The latest one, Orozcojam (2010), received four nominations and was awarded Best Vocal-Instrumental Album at Cubadisco 2012, the most important event of the Cuban recording industry. He also received a DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award 2014 for Original Composition Small Ensemble Outstanding Performance for his piece Orozcojam. As an arranger and composer, Mr. Orozco has written music for the most diverse ensembles, from string quartets to symphony orchestras and big bands. He was the musical director, composer, arranger and pianist for two of the most important Venezuelan musicals: Venezuela Viva, with more than 100 international performances, and “Orinoco. He also worked as a Jazz piano, harmony and ensemble instructor for three years at the National Experimental University of the Arts in Caracas. Along with his performing career, Mr. Orozco is an active teacher and clinician. He has been invited to teach Master Classes at Berklee College of Music and Loyola University in Baltimore.

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