About José André

José André Montaño is a jazz pianist and composer. Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He taught himself how to play piano from a very young age. His playful and inspired compositions bridges Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bossa Nova, Latin American Folklore, and World music. He is a musician who flavors his tunes with Latin rhythms and jazz harmonies. Anyone who has the opportunity to hear him play are amazed by his speed and accuracy. Despite his very young age he has already delighted audiences from prestigious festivals and concert halls across the Americas including Washington D.C.s Kennedy Center, Millennium stage.

“I play with the heart” says the young pianist who loves music and life. “It’s a gift!” he adds.

“10-year-old jazz pianist José André Montaño, blind and with a halting, uncertain gait that requires someone to help him on and off stage, came out and dazzled in authoritative performances of “Imagine” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.”

“I have a message for the children,” he began in his high-pitched child’s voice, proceeding, over unscripted piano playing, to say a few words about hope, exhorting everyone to remember that “life is a gift” — a message that skirted kitsch by virtue of its purity and brought the moved audience to its feet as the young pianist made his way off stage.”

- Anne Midgette Classical music critic/The Washington Post

“José André Montano is just seven years old but already displays an incredible musical talent that has enabled him to play at some of the top venues in Bolivia.”

- The Telegraph

“José André put his own styling on the classic Christmas hymn Silent Night.”

- T. Rees Shapiro/The Washington Post

News & Notes

La historia de un niño prodigio, genio en el piano

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José André, el niño prodigio boliviano, cautivó a los italianos

Luego de conquistar Latinoamérica y Estados Unidos,    José André Montaño, más conocido como el...

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Meet the DCPS student who is a 10 year-old jazz piano prodigy and happens to be...

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