Lessons

 

I teach individual and ensemble lessons in Leeds and London, and offer individual lessons worldwide via SKYPE Video. 

 

I currently have a small number of places available, please contact me at: 

puente.omar@gmail.com and omarpuente.music@btinternet.com

 

I also run a number of workshops and masterclasses please join the mailing list for details. 

 

Profile

 

I have performed in both classical and jazz genres to positive audiences worldwide. On leaving Cuba, I was first violin with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, and toured with Buena Vista’s Ruben Gonzales. Since arriving in England in 1997, I have maintained an international profile when possible, playing all over Europe, Middle and Far East, the USA and Africa.

 

I have  taught extensively and published a University level textbook on Cuban Music. I have taught at the UK’s most prestigious music colleges, the national music school and conservatoire in Havana, in Cuba. I have absorbed musical influences from around the globe, and am developing a uniques fusion for my forthcoming Jazz Album, " Best Foot Forward" .

 

Teaching Philosophy

 

Teaching allows me to give developing musicians, both young and old the tools to develop their own style and individual voice. I enjoy being a part of their journey, and am in turn inspired.

 

As well as teaching my students how to play violin and improvise, I also share my extensive performance experience and encourage them to find their own unique way to communicate effectively with audiences. 

 

 

 

Qualifications

 

Licenciado in Music: Masters Degree Performance and Teaching, Instituto Superior de Arte, Habana 1981-86

First Study Violin. Graduated top of the class.

 

 

Albums and Books

 

From There to Here (CD, Album) – Omar Puente. By Destin-e World Records, London, 2009. Producer, Writer, arranger, and Violinist.

 

Bridges (CD, Album) – Robert Mitchell and Omar Puente. By F-IRE, London, 2006.

 

Instruments & Performance

Kirsty MacColl - Tropical Brainstorm. 2000

Garden Of Perfume, Temple Of Sound & Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali - People's Colony No I (CD, Album), Real World Records, Virgin 2001

The Lullaby Of Kings Cross, Temple Of Sound - First Edition, Wagram 2002

Spanish Dance (Studio 21 Crying Violin), Various - Something Estereo 01: Latin Garage Afro House (CD, Comp), Estereo 2003

Hood - The Negatives...., Domino 2005

Hood - Outside Closer , Domino 2005

Hood - Recollected (6xCD, Album, RM, Ltd, Comp + Box) Domino 2011

Taicuba - Live At Boisdale (CD, Album), London. Producer, Violin. 2001

 

Book

 

Play violin The Cuban Way, by Omar Puente and Alex Wilson in 2010, Jazzwise, London, 2010.