"Roberto's piano artistry is inventive and exciting-refreshing"
- Stefan Karlsson
"Roberto is quickly maturing into an excellent player with a very personal voice!"
- Dan Haerle
Pianist, composer and educator Roberto Verastegui (b.1988, Monterrey, Mexico) is appearing in the international jazz scene as a young promising musician. Some of his recent recorded work with diverse groups has received big acclaim from some jazz critics as 'smoking', 'killing', 'lush, lovely'. Since he moved to Texas on a scholarship to study at the University of North Texas four years ago, he has had the opportunity to perform with musicians like Li Xiaochuan, Stockton Helbing, Nadia Washington, Shelley Carroll, Adonis Rose, Quamon Fowler, Jiggs Wigham, Lyle Mays, Tim Warfield, Tim Armacost, Tommy Campbell, Miles Okazaki, Jimmy Cobb, Linda Oh, Ingrid Jensen, Billy Hart and Curtis Fuller, and has performed and toured with many different groups in Asia, Europe and the American Continent, in Stages such as the Meyerson Symphony Center(Dallas, USA), Saenger Theater(Pensacola, USA), the Jazz Bakery (Los Angeles, USA), Anshan Concert Hall(Anshan, China), Shanghai Concert Hall(Shanghai, China), Fringe Club(Hong Kong), Cafe Iguana (Monterrey, Mexico) and festivals such as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Addison Jazz Festival, Folsom Jazz Festival, Lewisville Lake Symphony International Chamber Series, and Shanghai World Expo. In spring 2010 Roberto was selected as one of five finalists worldwide to compete in the renowned Phillips Jazz Piano Competition in Florida, and won 2nd place. From 2009-2010 Roberto was a member of the World Famous, Grammy Nominated UNT One O'clock Lab Band, precisely the year in which the Band got their most recent couple Grammy Nominations.
Over these four years Roberto has had the opportunity to study with Dan Haerle, Anastasia Markina, Stefan Karlsson, Paul Dworak, Steven Harlos, Kevin Hays, John Clayton, Larry Grenadier and Fred Hersch.
Roberto Verastegui began playing the piano at the age of 8, picking up melodies by ear and learning tunes from his father (Roberto Verastegui Rdz). His father's bolero collection marked Roberto's ears giving him a starting point to the developing of his love for harmony. He began playing gigs at 10, playing boleros and commercial music, touring around Mexico. At age 13 Roberto discovered latin and contemporary jazz and began listening to Chick Corea and Bill Evans records. He began his classical piano studies when he was 15 and studied with Roxana Rodriguez, Teresa Tamez and Amalia de Leon and studied harmony and counterpoint with Patricio Gomez Junco. During his high school years he got involved in musical theater, pop and regional music groups, and quickly broke into the Monterrey jazz scene playing in many latin jazz and traditional jazz combos. In this period of time he toured France and Portugal with the group Raices PrepaTec. Through these years Roberto learned to play many instruments by himself, including Accordion, Guitar, Marimba, Vibes, Vihuela and Percussion, and he has had the opportunity to play and record with many different and diverse groups, including the Quamon Fowler Quartet (Jazz, Other), YT Little D (Jazz-NuJazz), Nobody's Business (Experimental, Other), Li Xiaochuan Quartet (Jazz, Other), Orquesta Sabor (Salsa), and was a member of the Disney All-American College Band 2008.
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