He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars performing with Celine Dion, at the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and in his own right as a leader. He also performed at the Billboard Awards with Alicia Keys Sandoval has been awarded 8 Grammy Awards, and nominated 17 times; he has also received 6 Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. The latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, 4For Love or Country6 starring Andy Garcia. His two latest Grammy award winning albums, 4Dear Diz 4Everyday I think of you6 and Tango 4Como Yo Te Siento6 are now available worldwide. Soon to be released, is a new book chronicling his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie entitled 4The Man Who Saved Me6.
Sandoval was a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group Irakere, whose explosive mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music caused a sensation throughout the entertainment world. In 1981, he left Irakere to form his own band, which garnered enthusiastic praise from critics and audiences all over the world, and continues to do so.
Sandoval is also a renowned classical musician, performing regularly with the leading symphony orchestras from around the world. Arturo has composed his own 4Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra6, which can be heard on 4Arturo Sandoval: 4The Classical Album.6 Arturo has performed with the foremost orchestras in the country as well as abroad and recorded John Williams* Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. His classical artistry has earned him the respect and admiration from the most prestigious conductors, composers and symphony orchestras worldwide.
Arturo Sandoval*s versatility can be heard on recordings with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Bill Conti, and Stan Getz to Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys amongst many others. He has performed with John Williams with the Boston Pops, and in the Super bowl with Tony Bennet and Patti LaBelle.
His compositions can also be heard on Dave Grusin*s soundtrack for 4Havana6 and 4Random Heart6, in the 4Mambo Kings6 soundtrack with his Grammy nominated composition 4Mambo Caliente6, in the soundtrack of 4The Perez Family6, 4616, 4Mr. Wrong6, the documentary 4Oscar6, and 4The Family Fuentes6 among of others. He also was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to compose the music for the ballet 4Pepito*s Story6, 4Soul Possessed6, as well as 4Oman O Men6, and 4The Chocolate Hot Nutcracker, choreographed by Debbie Allen. And as mentioned above, he was awarded an Emmy for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, 4For Love or Country6 starring Andy Garcia.
Arturo Sandoval reaches beyond the scope of mere effort. His struggles while in Cuba and since his defection have given him more energy and strength, urging him to accomplish and surpass his childhood dreams. Filled with a virtuoso capability, he desires nothing more than to share his gift with others who feel the same intense adoration for music as he does. One frequently speaks of Arturo Sandoval*s virtuoso technical ability or his specialty in high notes, but he who has seen him on the piano, lyrically improvising a ballad, or has had the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of his music, through his compositions from the most straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz or classical, knows that Arturo Sandoval is a prominent musician, and one recognizes that Arturo is one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time.