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Omar PuenteBiography

Omar Puente is a world class violinist. Having successfully released two albums, Omar has garnered the respect of the modern thriving Jazz community and has developed a truly unique sound.

Omar has maintained an international profile and - since arriving in England in 1997 - has enjoyed playing in Europe, the USA and Africa. While in England he has supported Tito Puente, Ibraham Ferrer and Omara Portundo, playing with John Williams, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland and Eddie Palmier and has been invited to jam with many visiting Latin artists like Ruben Gonzales and the Afro Cuban Allstars.

Moreover Omar is regularly involved with commissioned projects and toured internationaly a part of Denys Baptiste's ‘Let Freedom Ring’, a brilliant composition which celebrated the 40th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King's inspirational ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. Omar has also worked with the esteemed Dennis Rollins on commissioned projects for Ensemble 360 which concluded with a well-received performance at The Doncaster Minster in February 2006.

Later on in the year, Omar played with the legendary Courtney Pine and released a collaborative album with Robert Mitchel. After their joint release, Omar and Robert continued to work together and helped to develop project ‘nuance’ with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Having had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with these musicians as well as working with artists like Rod Youngs, Jason Yarde, Cameron Pierre and Byron Wallen has allowed Omar Puente to develop his own sound which draws together elements of jazz, classical and Cuban music.

Omar has appeared on BBC and ITV programmes, various radio shows and toured the length and breadth of Britain. From Aberdeen to the Isle of Wight, Newcastle to the Eden Project, Belfast to Cork Omar has played at prestigous venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Café, QEH, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

Aside from performing, Omar teaches Jazz violin to up and coming musicians at music institutions such as the Leeds College of Music and London City University.  He now teaches at Trinity college in London and continues to teach in Havana while maintaining a close relationship with the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. He is proud supporter of  ‘Attitude Is Everything’ - a campaign to encourage arts venues to become accessible to disabled artists and patrons.

Omar has played regularly at Ronnie Scott’s, played with Winston Marsalis at the Barbican Centre, with the Simon Bolivar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, with Nigel Kennedy at 606 Jazz Club, with Eddie Palmieri  at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and with Reuben Gonzales on tour in Europe.

‘a complete classical virtuoso (and) a complete jazz master’Courtney Pine

‘Omar Puente’s contribution to 20th and 21st century violin playing has now become legendary. His generous nature, his commitment to good music, his enjoyment of life and his respect for his colleagues are all characteristics which make him a true violin great’Nigel Kennedy

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