Edgar Abraham Grammy Award Winner, Composer,
Saxophonist & Multi-instrumentalist.
Edgar Abraham is a saxophonist, composer and master of sixteen instruments. Additionally, he is the creator of the unmatched Hyper-Virtuoso technique for the saxophone. His enlightened musicianship spans the universe, ranging from symphonic compositions to avant-garde jazz improvisations.
Undoubtedly, Edgar is one of the most prodigious and talented musicians in the world today. He began playing the violin at the age of three, mentored by his father, Edgard Marrero, a veteran classical musician who has diligently tutored him throughout Edgar´s life.
At the age of nine, Edgar began studying the saxophone. At fourteen he made his professional debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. A year later, he performed in a series of recitals entitled “Virtuoso” at the Tapia Theater (San Juan’s historic, colonial theater), the Ponce Museum of Art (which houses Lord Frederick Leighton´s Flaming June), and the Puerto Rico Fine Arts Center.
At sixteen, Edgar studied under the tutorship of Eugene Rosseau at Indian Head Arts Center in Wisconsin. Three years later, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
In 2005, he received two Emmy nominations for his TV special “Edgar Abraham at the Heineken Jazz Fest 2004”, which PBS has shown in more than 70 countries.
In 2007, he was nominated for a Grammy in the Composer for Symphonic Choir category.
As a solo artist, Edgar has sixteen releases, featuring some of the world´s foremost musicians, such as Eddie Gomez, Cheo Feliciano, Dave Valentin, Richie Flores, and Endel Dueño.
Edgar´s superb mastery of sixteen instruments, as previously mentioned, has led him to perform as pianist with Latin Jazz heavyweight Jerry Gonzalez, as well as playing timbales for the Gypsy Kings, and saxophone for El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Stomp, Giovanni Hidalgo, Alex Acuña, Nestor Torres, Jerry Medina, and rap heavies Calle 13.
Edgar has performed at a diverse array of numerous live venues, such as the incomparable Ronnie Scott´s Jazz Club in London, the Reichhold Center in Saint Thomas, and the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico. His catalogue of compositions includes more than 200 pieces that reflect his endless linguistic fluidity.
As a classical saxophonist, Edgar has performed with virtuoso pianist Eugene Kohn , the former Principal Guest Conductor of the Bonn Opera and Director of the New York Metropolitan Orchestra.
He has also performed with the Director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Guillermo Figueroa, who conducted Edgar´s Suite for Saxophone and Orchestra entitled “The Ten Worlds”.
Edgar possesses an extensive repertoire, which ranges from Alexander Glazunov to Claude Debussy, Paul Creston, John Williams, Rimsky Korsakov, Nicolo Paganini, and of course, his own compositions.
His improvisational style is characterized by an exponential extension of John Coltrane´s “sheets of sound” effect, made possible by his creation, the Hyper-Virtuoso Technique. This technique is a relentless melodic invention, characterized by a sharp sense of rhythm and instant aural reflexes that mirror Edgar´s astonishing sense of hearing.
Edgar is a member of the Institute for the Advancement of Aural Arts, an international faculty of musicians and theorists dedicated to the diffusion of methodologies with the aim of facilitating the creation of music for the 21st Century.
It´s no hyperbole to state that Edgar Abraham is a musician for today, and for the ages.
Prof. Antonio Quijano
Director, Institute for the Advancement of Aural Arts Author of
“The Secessionist Method of Composition Encyclopedia”