YAMILÉ CRUZ MONTERO
Yamilé Cruz Montero (b. 1985, Havana) studied at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory, the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory and at the Superior Institute of Art in Cuba. She was awarded the Master of Music degree by the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (University of Music and Performing Arts Munich), and a scholarship by the Richard Wagner Association Munich for young artists. She has received awards from the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory Competition in 2002, the María Clara Cullell International Piano Competition, Costa Rica in 2004, and the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists in 2010, among others.
She made her début at 15 years old, subsequently performing in all the prestigious concert halls in Cuba. She was the first Cuban woman to perform the Third Piano Concerto of Prokofiev and has performed at major events and festivals in Havana. In addition to her European classical repertoire, Montero devotes herself particularly to Latin American composers, presenting new and unknown works.