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Jazz-Violine, Afro-Cuban

Yilian Canizares

| Kuba/Schweiz

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Yilian was born in Havana, into a sporting family. She seemed pre-destined for an athletic career, however, the one pursuit that made sense to Yilian from an early age was music. She started singing aged four, and was playing music by seven. Yilian asked for piano lessons but says, “the minute I saw the violin I felt such a pull towards it that I knew it had to be my instrument.”

She distinguished herself as a child prodigy and got a solid musical training in her hometown, following the Cuban tradition but with a Russian violin teacher. She won the National Violin Contest of Cuba several times and at 14 years old she received the opportunity to continue her musical training in Venezuela, as a member of the famous youth orchestras program 'El Sistema'. She was torn between leaving her family, friends and country and the excitement of making her dreams become true. So, Yilian didn't leave Cuba until she was 16, when the country was in the midst of a serious economic crisis.

She arrived in Venezuela alone, with her violin and $7 to her name! After two years of training in Caracas, a European violin teacher noticed her talent and offered her the opportunity to study in Switzerland - she was on her way to becoming a violinist. But once she had her violin diploma, Yilian refused to follow the path of a classical musician. Suddenly, playing in an orchestra wasn’t enough. After these years of exile, Yilian needed to renew contact with her cultural roots. She was fascinated by non-classical avenues that the instrument could open for her and she created her quartet, 'Ochumare'. It was with this project that she won the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition in 2008. Since then her career has rapidly taken off and has toured Europe, South America and Cuba.

On Tour

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra (6015 Bytes)

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra

24.08. DE-Berlin
26.08. DE-Hamburg
19.10. DE-Bremen
20.10. DE-Köln
24.10. DE-Ludwigshafen
25.10. DE-Salzburg

Das AMEO besteht aus 18 Instrumentalisten unterschiedlichster musikalischer und kultureller Herkunft und begeistert mit ausgeklügelten Klangstrukturen und purer Spielfreude.