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.

“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

Extended Bio José André

Musician and composer Jose André Montaño says: “Life is a gift”. He was born in Cochabamba-Bolivia in 2005. He discovered his piano skills in a self-taught way at the age of three and a half years, since then he has been fascinated with music.

At the age of 6 he formed his first Latin Jazz band, lead by José André (piano and keyboards), along with invited musician friends. With this band he has played at large and small venues in Bolivia, including festivals of different type of genres such as: jazz, rock, blues, and Latin American folklore. He has shared stage with renowned national and international musicians from Bolivia, Brasil, Peru, Mexico and USA.

At the age of 8 José Andre, with his band called "José André Jazz Trio", develops a peculiar musical style that is among the swing, latin jazz, bossa nova, samba, and bebop, which could be framed within the classical or traditional jazz trend. His influences are wide, among which we can name: Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, Michel Camilo and Herbie Hancock.

Jose Andre recorded his first CD in January 2013, called "AMA A TODOS"; name that was chosen by himself. The album features several original compositions, editions of the Bolivian folklore, bossa nova and jazz.

At age of 9, José André performs a concert in the “Michael Donahue” Theatre at Calvert School in La Paz-Bolivia.

He also participates in the 5th Latin American Congress of Music Schools (CLAEM) in Lima-Peru, where he received a student grant to attend the 3rd Berklee on The Road (BOR) in the Faculty of Music “São Paulo Souza Lima” in Brazil, where he was distinguish as the best jazz pianist in his category.

José André Jazz Trio was invited to perform as part of the 26th International Festijazz 2014 held in Bolivia. He performed in the Municipal Theater “Alberto Saavedra Perez”, in La Paz and in the Franco German Cultural Center “Goethe Zentrum”, in Santa Cruz.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary (March - 2015), in his first visit to Washington D.C., capital of the United States of America. He made his first appearance at the Kennedy Center under the Iberian Suite Global Arts Remix, where he was accompanied by two musicians with extensive experience in the bass and drums. In the same city he made his presentation on stage at the “Preston” Auditorium in the World Bank, activity framed within the Road to Lima 2015.

On September 23rd, 2015, José André receives an invitation from The Kennedy Center of Performing and Arts and the Archdiocese of Washington D.C., to stand together with other artists in the concert held in honor of Pope Francis at the “Concert Hall” of The Kennedy Center.

In December 2015, José André visited Mexico giving a concert at the “Banamex” Theater in Mexico City.

He performed on January 14th, 2016 in New York City at the ISPA (International Society of Performing Arts) Congress.

José André was invited to perform as a trio in the International Jazz Day on April 30th, 2016 at the main stage at Dupont Circle in Washington DC., with the special appearance of Marcus Miller.

The Jhon F. Kennedy Center of the Performig Arts, invited Jose Andre to the Jhon F Kennedy Centennial Celebration on May 29th, where he performed with Jason Moran. Celebrating the past to awaken the future, one of the guest speakers was Mr. Buzz Aldrin (astronaut).