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Rolando Luna

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Born: 1978, Cuba Rolando Luna Carrillo learned to play guitar at primary school before opting to study piano at the Gerardo Guanche Conservatory. There, he took part in various competitions, winning a prize for his interpretation of Cuban music.
He studied classical piano at the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and, in 1999, won first prize at the international jazz competition Jo-jazz-99. After performing in a group in Cuba and making his first appearances on television, he spent eight months as a member of the Latin Street Group in Canada, before joining Paulo FG and his Elite with whom he travelled throughout Europe and Latin America.

His first CD, “En la Luna”, which included some of his own compostitions, came top in the Best Recording category of the Cubadisco 2002 Awards. Following the success of this recording, he formed a band called Nueva Luna with whom he performed in venues all over Cuba. In 2006, Rolando was a semi-finalist at the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition before his double victory in Montreux the following year, First price and the audience price.

Rolando has recorded with many artists, including Haila Monpie, Fernando Álvarez, Amaury Pérez, Gerardo Alfonso, Havana Street Band, Pablo Milanes, Isaac Delgado, Leonel O Zúñiga , Tie Macedo and Andy Montañez. He has played at jazz festivals in Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States and recently toured the UK with the Buena Vista Social Club.

Discography as sideman: CD ¨Haila¨, Abdala 2000; CD, Una manera de decir ¨, Fernando Álvarez 2001; CD ¨Algo en común ¨, Amaury Pérez 2001; CD “Momentos” Gerardo Alfonso Abdala 2002; CD “Ponle nombre a ese bolero”, Héctor Téllez Abdala,2002, CD ¨Gardi¨; Bis Music 2002, CD Veneración, Habana Jam Session.

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