HILARIO DURAN: Pianist, arranger, composer, bandleader: Born into a musical family in Havana; at a young age, he attended Cuba’s Amadeo Roldan Conservatory for formal training; later on, Duran experienced the waning days of the glorious orchestras that drove musical innovation on the city’s scene. In the seventies Hilario Duran was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, ‘Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna’ and years later Duran leaped into trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s band as pianist, arranger and musical director for nine years.
Since arriving in Canada, Hilario has established himself in his own name; he is a multi-Canadian Juno Award winner and nominee; an American Grammy nominee; and the proud recipient of the 2007 Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, from Latin Jazz USA, for his outstanding contributions to Afro Cuban music. Cuban-Canadian Hilario Duran is a fixture on the Toronto music scene. Hilario Duran immigrated in 1998 to Canada and named “One of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” in 2009; in addition, Hilario has been named Best Artist of the Year by the Toronto Musician’s Association, and Vision Award winner “Premio a la Trayectoria” for his work as entrepreneur leading his music company ES MI MUSICA PRODUCTIONS.