Ernesto Vega (Holguin, Cuba 1981)
Clarinetist, saxophonist and composer, Ernesto is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba.
At the age of seventeen, Down Beat Magazine recognized his interpretative style on the clarinet recalling the legendary jazz clarinetist, Artie Shaw. In 2003, Vega won the first prize at the international jazz competition JOJAZZ in Havana. He performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis in their visit to Cuba. Ernesto has collaborated with Cuban Legends such: Frank Emilio, Chucho Valdes, Bobby Carcasses, Ernan Lopez Nussa, Jorge Reyes, Jose Luis Quintana (Changuito) among others. Ernesto has been part of several projects involving Arturo O'Farril & Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Houston Orchestra & Vincent Gardner, Conrad Herwig , Joe Sample Orchestra, Yasek Manzano & Havana Jazz Collective, Carlos Maza Group, Maria Del Mar Bonet, Cuban National Symphony, Alfredo Rodriguez Quartet , Alejandro Vargas & Oriental Quartet, Yuri Buenaventura and many others. Ernesto Vega´s first album ¨ Venir Al Mundo¨ won the Cubadisco Award as the Best Jazz Album of 2009. He has performed at numerous international festivals including Jazz in Marciac (France), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland) Laussanne Jazz Festival ( Switzerland), Valladolid Jazz Festival (Spain) Jazz on Green ( Trinidad and Tobago), Quito Jazz Festival (Ecuador) Mercado Cultural Sao Paolo- Bahia (Brazil), Kriol Jazz Festival (Cape Verde, Africa), Havana Jazz Plaza (Cuba). Ernesto is considered one of the leading musicians of his generation and one of the finest clarinetist from the Island of Cuba.