Ilmar Gavilán

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Guest Artist, Violin

About Ilmar

Recognized as a child prodigy in Cuba, Ilmar Gavilán has had a distinguished career playing for world leaders from the Obamas to Queen Sofía of Spain. Based in N.Y. for 20 years, he won first place in the Sphinx Competition as a young adult, and helped form the Harlem Quartet to mentor young classical musicians of color. Along the way, Ilmar also developed improvisational skills and has performed and released albums with Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Palmieri and Gary Burton, and Chick Corea, with whom the Harlem Quartet won a Grammy. He continues to tour and teach with the Harlem Quartet, who are currently in residence at London’s Royal College of Music.

Gavilán has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Paul Katz, Fred Sherry, Anthony McGill, and Misha Dicter. As a soloist, Mr. Gavilán played concertos with the Atlanta, New Jersey, Baltimore, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Hartford, Nashville, Ann Arbor, Santa Monica, Phoenix, Denver, Louisiana, Anchorage, Santa Fe, Havana, Mexico City, and Venezuela Symphonies and recitals in England, Russia, Spain, and Portugal. He has performed at numerous chamber music festivals including Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Angel Fire.

Jazz and Afro-Cuban music are also key to Gavilán’s musical life. In addition to jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton, Mr. Gavilán has also performed and released albums with Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Palmieri and Dafnis Prieto. Other jazz collaborations include performing with Stanley Clark, Lee Konitz, Henry Threadgill and Doc Severinsen.

As a recording artist, Gavilán has numerous recordings with the Harlem quartet. His U.S. solo recording debut “Aires y Leyendas” and solo album Por el Mar, solely comprised of music composed by his father Guido López-Gavilán, are available on Amazon and iTunes.