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Encyclopedia > Willy Rodriguez

Willy Rodriguez"[1] (born on February 1, 1982 in New York, New York), to parents from the Dominican Republic, is a noted pianist of salsa. February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Pianist Claudio Arrau, Carnegie Hall, 1954. ... Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos. ...

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Early years

Willy Rodriguez started playing piano at the age of 3. At 7 years of age, Rodriguez began playing classical piano at the Gea Samper Conservatory of Music. His studies in classical piano would lead him to play classical recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Rodriguez was excepted to La Guardia High School and continued his musical studies there until graduation. He also took classes at El Museo del Barrio with piano instructors specializing in the afro-Cuban styles. Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican artists, educators,community activists and civic leaders, El Museo del Barrio is located at the top of Museum Mile in New York City (USA), in East Harlem a neighborhood also called El Barrio and is the only museum dedicated to the... Cuban boys playing in Trinidad, Cuba The term Afro-Cuban refers to Cubans of African ancestry, and to historical or cultural elements in Cuba thought to emanate from this community. ...


"La Excelencia"

Willy Rodriguez is one of the original members of La Excelencia playing piano and conducting. Rodriguez became the bands conductor in 2002 and has been with La Excelencia ever since. La Excelencia is a young Latin dance music orchestra in the United States founded by percussionists Jose Vazquez-Cofresi and Julián Silva in 2001. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... A conductor conducting a band at a ceremony A conductors score and batons Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ... Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... La Excelencia is a young Latin dance music orchestra in the United States founded by percussionists Jose Vazquez-Cofresi and Julián Silva in 2001. ...


First Salsa album

In 2006, Willy Rodriguez would record piano on "La Excelencia's" first salsa album "Salsa Con Conciencia" (salsa with a conscience) which has been acclaimed as one of the best salsa albums of the year. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... La Excelencia is a young Latin dance music orchestra in the United States founded by percussionists Jose Vazquez-Cofresi and Julián Silva in 2001. ...


Conducting credit(s)

  • Musical Director for Tito Puente Jr, son of the late king of mambo Tito Puente
  • Carolina Ovalle Arango aka Carolina La O former Alquimia singer.
  • Musical Director for the Luminous Visions Organization Founded by the Actress/producer Carla Pinza and the late Actor/Producer Raul Julia
  • Musical Director for Shakespere Gives Us A Clue, Performed in Lincoln Center,NYC

Tito Puente Ernesto Antonio Puente Jr. ... Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay (March 9, 1940 - October 24, 1994) was a Puerto Rican actor who lived and worked for many years in the United States. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ...

Awards and nominations

  • 2007 Award for Best Salsa Album by Dj Gury Gury, Canadian Latin Radio

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