The biggest appreciation so far of Marialy Pacheco’s qualities has been the winning of the Montreux Solo Piano Competition 2012. She is the first woman to win this prize in 15 years history of the competition. In the explanation of the decision Jury president Leszek Mozdzer said: “Deciding between the three contenders was tough. In the end, the contestants’ joy in performing and her authenticity guided our decision making.”
Born in Havana 1983, Marialy Pacheco was raised in a musical family and began piano studies from an early age at the Conservatorio Alejandro García Caturla. At 15 she attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes, followed by three years of composition studies under Tulio Peramo at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana.

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In 2002 she won the Cuban competition Jo-Jazz, with Grammy award-winner Chucho Valdes presiding over the jury. Two years later she recorded her first album “Bendiciones”. The pianist moved to Germany, toured through Europe – both solo and with her trio – and built international reputation. 
On the occasion of the 185-year-old jubilee of Bösendorfer, Marialy Pacheco guested in 2013 as the only Jazz-Act, beside classical stars like Valentina Lisitsa and Maria Mazo in the Musikverein Wien. In 2014, Marialy was announced as first female jazz pianist worldwide to be an official „Bösendorfer Artist“.

In spring 2014, her new album "Introducing" (Neuklang/Edel:Kultur) was released. After several solo albums, it is a trio album, with Juan Camilo Villa Robles on bass and Miguel Altamar de la Torre (both from colombia) on drums. As "special guests" she got the honor to get german trumpet player and Echo Jazz Winner Joo Kraus and moroccan Rhani Krija, Percussionist of STING.

In August 2014, she gave her debut as classical pianist and showed her musical variety, when she performed Bach’s g-moll concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane/Australia, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno

Marialy Pacheco has performed at national and international festivals like Montreux Jazz Festival, Aalener Jazzfest, Enter Music Festival (Poland), St. Moritz Art Masters (Switzerland),Rheingau-Musik-Festival, ZMF Freiburg, Jazzfestival Oloron (France) Audi Jazzfestival, Ingolstädter Jazztage, Piano City Milano, Havana Jazzfestival,  Beethovenfestival Bonn and the International Trio Festival in Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

In January 2016, Marialy Pacheco released her limited 180g vinyl “ Live Studio Album”, recorded in audiophile fully analogue Direct-To-2-Track Version.

In June 2016, she presented the project “Danzon Cubano” together with WDR Funkhaus Orchestra on Live-Stream at ARTE TV concerts and at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. The project was presented again in september 2017 at the Philharmonie Köln and at the Viersen International Jazz Festival.

In April 2017 Marialy released her new album "DUETS" – an intimate and many-faceted album to which Marialy invited her favourite musicians and friends like Hamilton de Holanda, Omar Sosa, Joo Kraus, Rhani Krija, Miguel Zenon and Max Mutzke.

In January 2018, Marialy was invited by the German Ambassador to perform 2 concerts in Cuba and afterwards, she played at the International Jazzfestival in Port-au-Prince in Haiti. 

In February 2018 she presented her first Italy-Tour together with trumpet player Joo Kraus with concerts in Milan, Naples, Catania and Palermo, followed by summer concerts in Bari, Fiesole and Sardinia. 

During summer and fall 2018, Marialy played in various line ups presentig "DUETS" with Omar Sosa at the „Woman in Jazz“ Festival, with Rhani Krija at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and with Joo Kraus at the Luxembourg Philharmonic.

In December 2018, Marialy signed with Ellora Managament in the US for worldwide management and representation among artists like HIROMI and Ahmad Jamal. 

Marialy Pacheco is the only female pianist in the currently row of famous Cuban jazz piano players like Roberto Fonseca, Omar Sosa or Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

US Tour 2019

"That was music from another universe! You three were absolutely brilliant and fun and playing your hearts out with rhythms never heard before. Your listening and soloing set a new bar in the music world. Those lucky enough to have been there will never forget last night. We will treasure the experience forever”

“Seeing you play was the calm after that rain storm! I’m glad that you were able to play!

"We have been enjoying her music since about Tokyo Call (2012 album), and it just gets better and better. Marialy easily made my shortlist of Piano Superheroes who I never would’ve expected to see live. Usually busy winning awards at international jazz festivals or performing her work in concert halls with European orchestras, it is incredibly special that maybe 100 of us in Seattle got to have her come and play just for us. You guys, this concert was sensational... "she plays with the blood"! Any of you piano, Latin jazz, or just good music fans simply must go if you are in Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, New York or Detroit in the coming days. I suspect it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see a pianist of her caliber in such an intimate venue and join just a handful of people in greeting and thanking her afterward. I don’t think we’ll be able to keep her a secret anymore; and next time she visits, it may be to play with the Seattle Symphony in Benaroya Hall!”

"What a privilege to have Marialy in Philly - Gracias Mari!!”

"We saw a star that will shine for many many years..Marialy is not only an unbelievable talent but her entire on-stage personality is unlike any I've ever seen. Her anecdotes and warmth and humor and information about the piano she was using went far beyond just performance. We were so impressed ..."

"September was one of my favourite pieces ever hearing live.. I was so taken aback, I love the way you play with such feeling. It’s hard to believe you wrote that at such a young age. I’m very inspired by you!”

“It was a pleasure to having the talented and beautiful Marialy Pacheco at City Winery tonight. Enjoyed every minute of it!"

Upcoming Performances

June 1, 2019
Grand Hall Laeiszhalle
Hamburg, Germany

June 4, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Rhani Krija
Moods Club
Zurich, Switzerland

June 9, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Friends
Jazz Rally
Dusseldorf, Germany

June 12, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Max Mutzke
Pfingstfestival Ettersburg
Schlob Ettersburg, Germany

June 14, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Rhani Krija
Jazzclub Singen
Singen/Bodensee, Germany

June 22, 2019
Marialy Pacheco with Max Mutzke "a trio experience"
Schloss Elmau
Elmau, Germany

July 23, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Rhani Krija
Jazz goes Fohr
Fohr, Germany

July 25, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Omar Sosa
Rheingau Musik Festival
Mainz, Germany

July 30, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Rhani Krija
Agimus Festival
Mola Di Bari, Italy

August 10, 2019
Solo - Marialy Pacheco
9 Hills Festival
Chelmno, Poland

August 22, 2019
Solo - Marialy Pacheco
The Triple Door
Seattle, WA

August 25, 2019
Solo - Marialy Pacheco
City Winery
Boston, MA

August 27, 2019
Solo - Marialy Pacheco
World Cafe Live
Philadelphia, PA

August 29, 2019
Solo - Marialy Pacheco
New York, N.Y.

August 30, 2019
Solo - Marialy Pacheco
Dakota Bar & Grill
Minneapolis, MN

September 2, 2019
Solo - Marialy Pacheco
Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI

September 6, 2019
Marialy Pacheco with Peter Fessler and Torsten Goods
Marc Marshall Mr. M's Jazz Club at Sendesaal Bremen
Bremen, Germany

September 8, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Joo Kraus
Kontorhaus Keitum
Sylt, Germany

September 21, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Rhani Krija
St. Wendel International Jazz Festival
Wendel, Germany

October 15, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Max Mutzke
Furstenfeldbruck, Germany

October 17, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Max Mutzke
Blaibach, Germany

October 18, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Max Mutzke
Helmbrechts, Germany

October 19, 2019
Duets - Marialy Pacheco & Max Mutzke
Schloss Neuhardenberg - Schinkel Church
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