„Music was always and everywhere within our family. From that point on I realized that
I wanted to be a pianist.“
At first everyone thinks "Wow!" And then she also plays the piano!
It is the first few seconds that capture or convince a human being of another person. Everyone knows that. But there are only a few who have it like Marialy Pacheco. Between her performance on stage and the beginning of her playing lies the small time of observation, the promise. Anyway, when she starts playing she has cast a spell over everyone in the audience. But she succeeds already before that. High-class, elegant, styled and articulated for every performance - this is the situation when Marialy Pacheco enters and acts on a stage - before the beginning of the music program.
Born in Havana in 1983, Marialy Pacheco grew up in a musical family and received early classical piano lessons at the Conservatorio Alejandro García Caturla.
At the age of 15, she attended the Escula Nacional de Artes, followed by a three-year composition study at Tulio Peramo at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana. She is the winner of the Montreux Solo Piano Competition 2012, as the first woman ever, and received this award in the 15th edition of the competition. According to jury chairman Leszek Możdżer, "Deciding between the three contenders was tough. In the end, the contestants’ joy in performing and her authenticity guided our decision making."
Marialy Pacheco has been living in Germany since April 2013 and has performed at renowned national and international festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, Aalen Jazz Festival, Enter Music Festival, St. Moritz Art Masters, Piano City Milano, Rheingau Music Festival, ZMF Freiburg, Oloron Jazz Festival, Woman in Jazz, Audi Jazz Festival, Ingolstadt Jazz Days, as well as at the Beethovenfest Bonn. In October 2013, on the occasion of the 185th anniversary of Bösendorfer,
Marialy Pacheco was the only jazz act, alongside classical stars like Valentina Lisitsa and Maria Mazo at the Musikverein Wien, and in 2014 she was appointed the official "Bösendorfer Artist" title, the first and only jazz pianist in the world. In the two-room apartment, a Bösendorfer grand is delivered, on which henceforth the cuban can practice accordingly. The living room has only a small sofa and the space for the yoga mat. When Marialy Pacheco gives a concert or adorns a record cover, one can immediately notice her special eye for fashion. Her appearance is attuned to the music performed and the occasion. Whether she is having a trio gig with her friends, performs at the gala with the orchestra, or simply the sheer effect of a solo evening on the big stage - there is always an overall picture. In choosing clothes and shoes, Marialy Pacheco finds a parallel to music. Her attention to detail finds its peak with her high-heeled shoes.
"I come from a communist country, that's why I love individual fashion, especially shoes and jewelery." Colorful, innovative and cheerful - that applies to clothes, piano music and herself.
„Musik und Fashion gehört für mich
zusammen. Ich komme aus einem kommunistischen Land, deswegen liebe ich individuelle
Mode, besonders Schuhe und Schmuck.“
"Music and fashion belong to me together. I come from a communist country, that's why I love individual
Fashion, especially shoes and jewelry."