Cuban-born pianist Javier Gonzalez began his music studies in Havana at age 7 and made his debut with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra at 14. He has been acclaimed by audiences in Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Barbados, Jamaica, and the U.S., and he has collaborated as a soloist with orchestras including the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra in California; the Simón Bolívar Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela; various orchestras in Cuba; San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra; Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra; and Cleveland State University Orchestra.
Awards and Recognition
Gonzalez has earned awards in the Amadeo Roldan Piano Competition, Ernesto Lecuona International Competition, Ignacio Cervantes International Competition, Missouri Southern International Competition, and the San Francisco Conservatory Piano Concerto Competition. He has been part of important festivals and music events such as Music@Menlo, Verbier Festival, a concert in honor of UNESCO and former Director-General Federico Mayor Zaragoza, and a performance at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.