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José André Montaño, performing at the New York 2016 ISPA Congress, Performance! on Thursday, January 14, 2016. View the full Schedule of Events

José André Montaño | Performer

José André Montaño, born March 20, 2005, is from Cochabamba, Bolivia. From the age of three he showed a talent for music, being drawn first to percussion and then teaching himself the piano. He formed his first Latin jazz band at the age of six, performing in cultural halls and music festivals in Bolivia. He recorded his first CD in 2013 with his group José André Jazz Trio, and has toured extensively in Bolivia as well as abroad to Brazil, Peru and Mexico. He has played with many internationally renowned musicians from the United States, Bolivia, and Argentina. Now ten years old, José André has collected many prestigious awards and honors. He made his Kennedy Center debut during the March 2015 IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix festival. He also performed in A Concert to Celebrate Pope Francis at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall in honor to Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. He is currently living in Washington, DC with his parents and is attending elementary school. 

“10-year-old jazz pianist José André Montaño, blind and with a halting, uncertain gait that requires someone to help him on and off stage, came out and dazzled in authoritative performances of  Imagine and  Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  “I have a message for the children,” he began in his high-pitched child’s voice, proceeding, over unscripted piano playing, to say a few words about hope, exhorting everyone to remember that “life is a gift” — a message that skirted kitsch by virtue of its purity and brought the moved audience to its feet as the young pianist made his way off stage.”

Anne Midgette on The Washington Post, September 2015.

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