Nachito Herrera

 

About

Nachito Herrera is one of the world’s great Cuban pianists. He blends jaw-dropping technique and rich,
powerful soulfulness in an amazing display of musical power and emotion. Herrera received a nod from the
state of Minnesota in 2014 when he was named an Immigrant of Distinction, and an American Heritage
Award from the American Immigration Council, one of three musicians in 2012 (along with Australian Tommy
Emmanuel and South Korean Yura Lee) to receive this prestigious prize.


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Areas of Representation: Worldwide

Biography

Nachito Herrera is one of the world’s great Cuban pianists. He blends jaw-dropping technique and rich, powerful soulfulness in an amazing display of musical power and emotion. Herrera received a nod from the State of Minnesota in 2014 when he was named an Immigrant of Distinction, and an American Heritage Award from the American Immigration Council, one of three musicians in 2012 (along with Australian Tommy Emmanuel and South Korean Yura Lee) to receive this prestigious prize. (The last Latin musician to receive the honor was Carlos Santana.)

Although he has been residing in Minnesota for the past few years, his renown is growing. He has played multiple times at the preeminent piano festival in North America, the Gilmore Festival. In 2011 Herrera was part of a 40-city tour of American performing arts centers and theaters as the pianist in the Afro-Cuban All Stars.

Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera’s talent was recognized early on; he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra at age 12. Herrera revisited that experience in October and November of 2012, appearing again with the Havana Symphony and playing Rachmaninoff while on a tour of the US.

Combining Western Classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms, Herrera has been at the forefront of an exciting renaissance in Cuban music. While in his twenties, Herrera took the job of Musical Director at the famous “Tropicana” nightclub in Cuba, playing every night and deepening his repertoire. He spent the late 1990s touring with ¡Cubanismo!, serving as lead pianist, arranger, and musical director as they toured the world.

 

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2019
Aug 16, 2019 Venue Info
Folsom, CA USA Stage Two - City Studio Theater
7:30PM  
2018
Aug 12, 2018  
San Jose, CA USA Cafe Stritch
7:30PM  
Aug 9, 2018 Venue Info
Palo Alto, CA USA Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
8:00PM  
Apr 29, 2018 Venue Info
Palo Alto, CA USA Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
8:00PM  


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Press

“Hotter than the burning tip of a contraband Cuban cigar. Stronger than a straight shot of Havana rum. As
exciting as a World Series game, with ‘El Duque’ on the mound. Explosive. Crowd pleasing. Rhythmically
intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good.” – Tom Surrowicz, Minneapolis Star-Tribune


“With unbridled freedom, he jams with potent montunos and high-energy timba to solos that can melt snow off
the sidewalk.” – Jesse Varela, Latin Beat Magazine


“Herrera’s powerful leadership keeps the audience’s attention during the fury of pounding montunos and
cascading lines.” – Live At The Dakota II Music – Jazz Times

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