When Rafael Zaldivar sits down at the piano, he brings a wealth of inspiration to
the keys: his compositions display his percussion expertise; his many years of
collaborating with top jazz musicians; and his cultural heritage. Born in
Camagüey, Cuba, Zaldivar is carrying on a rich family legacy of musicianship.
After taking up percussion and piano at a young age, Zaldivar pursued his
studies at the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana. Once Zaldivar came to Canada
at the age of 22, he completed a B.A. from the Université de Montréal, and an
M.A. from McGill University – in only three years