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Paquito D'Rivera

 b. 1948Photo credit: Alberto Romeu

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Has garnered nine GRAMMY awards, including Best Classical Composition for Merengue, written for cellist Yo-Yo Ma * First artist to win Latin GRAMMYs in both Classical and Latin Jazz categories * Founding member/conductor of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra * Former Composer-In-Residence, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s * Artistic Director, DC Jazz Festival * Recipient of the Frankfurter Musikpreis, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, National Medal of the Arts, Living Jazz Legend Award-The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Medal of Honor-The National Arts Club, Nelson A. Rockefeller Award and honorary doctorates/awards from Berklee College of Music, University of Pennsylvania, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Spelman College and the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Works by Paquito D'Rivera include:
Ladies in White (2010) for clarinet, cello and piano
Tembandumba (2009) for children's chorus and claves
The Cape Cod Files (2009) for clarinet and piano
Kites (2005) for clarinet and chamber ensemble
Conversations with Cachao (2007) for double bass, clarinet/saxophone, and orchestra
Gran Danzón (The Bel Air Concerto) (2001) for flute and orchestra
Three Pieces for Clarinet and Piano (1991–1994) for clarinet and piano


"He has become the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and classical." -- The National Endowment for the Arts

Please visit Paquito D’Rivera’s official website: www.paquitodrivera.com


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