2012 Latin Grammy Nominee, for his album “Tango Casenave” with special guest Eddie Gomez, pianist and composer Gustavo Casenave is considered by the Uruguayan press as “one of the best pianist our country has” (Diario El Pais - Uruguay). Described by the New York Times as : "... exuberant, virtuosic performance..." and "ferocious performance, emotionally wrenching playing..." by the Los Angeles Times. An active performer in the jazz world and the contemporary classical scene, as well as being one of the most on demand Tango composer, pianist and educator, in the US.
Casenave has been presenting his music worldwide with his different Jazz, Tango, and chamber ensembles, performing at numerous top venues including: Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), Harris Theatre (Chicago) NY City Center (New York), Symphony Space (New York), Chung Mu Art Hall (Korea), Europe Jazz Contest '99 (Belgium), "Porgy & Bess" Jazz Club (Vienna/Austria), Lincoln Center (NewYork City) and Kodak Theatre (LA) among many others. Worked as Musical Director, pianist, composer, producer and arranger, of multiple international Tango shows, including: Tango Fire, Forever Tango, Eternal Tango Orchestra, Painting Tango, Tango Casenave and Tango Connection among others.
With more than 20 years of teaching experience, he is a current guest artist for master classes and lectures at The Juilliard School since 2008. He also taught at: NYU, Yale University, University of Florida, University of Uruguay, Waldorf Schule (Austria), and Klagenfurt Music Conservatory (Austria) and was the Director the Jazz Department at the Harbor Conservatory (NYC) until 2012 He was Bette Midler's Musical Director for 2 years, and was commissioned to do an arrangement of one of his original compositions, for the ensemble "The twelve cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. Co - wrote, arranged and recorded the Tango" Volvere" with actor Robert Duvall, which was premiered at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He performed and recorded with artists such as: Eddie Gomez, Yo-Yo Ma, Bette Midler, Mark Egan, Jorge Trasante, Jane Ira Bloom, Manolo Badrena, Neil Sedaca, John Benitez, Federico Britos, Miguel Zenon, Avishai Cohen and Charlie Persip among many others.
In 1999, he won the International Award: "Belgian Artistic Promotion" at the Europe Jazz Contest 1999, and he is the composer for the Feature Film "La Cascara", that won numerous awards worldwide, at different film festivals, including: New York Film Festival, Bogota Film Festival and Leipzig Film Festival in 2007.
Current commissions include composing a piano concerto, to be performed on February 2014 by S.O.D.R.E. (Uruguay's National Symphony Orchestra), under the direction of Maestro S tefan Lano, and Casenave as soloist.
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