Biography

Pianist Luis Gonzalez

Luis González was born in Jerez de la Frontera on 20th December 1980. At 7 years of age he began his musical studies at the Girona Conservatory of Music and later continued his studies in the Liceu Conservatory of Music in Barcelona under the direction of concert pianist Michel Wagemans. There he graduated with the highest qualifications in piano, music theory and composition with first class honours in piano (2004).

At the same time he participated in different seminars and masterclasses with great masters such as Joaquín Achúcarro, Luiz de Moura, Alexis Golovine, Andrea Luchessini and Jean Pierre Dupuy. During these years he performed at various music festivals in Catalonia as a solo pianist, accompanying other famous music artists and playing with different orchestras.

After that initial stage studying classical music, at the age of 25 he started to be interested in jazz and composition and decided to further his studies with Serge Lazarevitch and Philippe Coromp at the Perpignan Conservatory of Music where in 2009 he received a Diploma in Jazz with honours. From that moment on he began an intense musical career as a jazz musician, leading him to travel to New York to study with musicians like Bruce Barth, Kevin Hays and George Cooligan and capturing the essence of jazz in such a lively and culturally active city.

From 2008 he founded his own trio “Luis González Trio” as a long term project with the intention of creating a personal, creative and group sound, accompanied by César Martínez (drums) and Joan Solà-Morales (double bass). In 2009 they recorded their first CD, “Cançons”: a personal vision of traditional Catalan songs with experimental harmonies and rhythms that are at the base of the group’s sound, a fusion of classical, jazz and contemporary musical language. According to the New York jazz magazine “All About Jazz” more than just selecting different textures, Luis González achieves a way of mixing them in an original way to create a unique sound.

Luis González Trio have released 5 CDs to date, as a Trio, Quartet, Quintet and Sextet, with appearances by recording artists such as Cris Joanico, Rocío Romero, Lucas Martínez, Orfeó Català and Cor Vivaldi. Luis has also participated in other musical projects like Soniketeké (flamenco jazz), We Free Zone 4tet (jazz fusion), Sepharazz Mishpaha (Sephardic Jazz), the Vallés Symphonic Orchestra, the Empordà Chamber Orchestra, La Selva Youth Orchestra, etc which whom he has performed at the Porta Ferrada Festival, the Girona Jazz Festival, the Figueres Jazz Festival, and other festivals in Calella, Córdova, Calahorra, Menorca aswell as in the Netherlands and France.

He is currently involved with an important educational project in the local music schools of Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Maçanet de la Selva, mainly in harmony, composition and jazz piano classes, whilst also developing his side as a composer and arranger, with compositions for string orchestra, choir, clarinet quartet and different ensembles. His works and arrangements have been performed and the compositions and arrangements in his own recordings grow each time to have a sound and aesthetic of his own.

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