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A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval was born in a small town on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz, Sandoval began studying classical trumpet and it didn’t take him long to catch the attention of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer.
Sandoval has been recognized with ten Grammy Awards and nominated 19 times. He has also received six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. The latter for his composing work on the score of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country” that starred Andy Garcia as Sandoval. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Sandoval was a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group Irakere, whose explosive mixture of jazz, classical, rock, and traditional Cuban music caused a sensation throughout the entertainment world. In 1981, he left Irakere to form his own band, which garnered enthusiastic praise from critics and audiences all over the world and continues to do so. Additionally, Sandoval is a renowned classical musician, performing regularly with the leading symphony orchestras from around the world.