“Marialy Pacheco plays like no other. Her own compositions are breathtaking, she can twist old Standards in a new way and the classical world is also familiar to her. Great art, unique style and a magical performance - overpowering piano sound, perfectly produced on a Bösendorfer Imperial”

- Hifi-Stars Magazine – (03/16 – Janis Obodda) -

“Surely one of the finest piano works I have ever heard. With Marialy Pacheco the dream of every piano music lover comes true”!

- LP-Magazin für analoge Hifi - und Vinyl Kultur - (02/2016 – Ralf Henke) -

When you meet Marialy and you stand right in front of her, a balance of profound spirituality, joy, clarity, strong identity, but also fragile moments spread easily and unconditionally...

All this is reflected in Marialy's way of playing - a tree, which roots are deeply anchored in the tradition of Cuba, but the branches have found place anywhere in the world…
These images are comprehensible to everyone who listens to Marialy's playing. No matter if she performs J.S. Bach, contemporary jazz or latin music. She is able to merge all styles into her own sound - the result is always unique and distinctive.”

- RHANI KRIJA, Percussionist STING -

(…) "Her performance was exquisite, with multiple voices cleanly projected, a lightness of touch, a buoyant energy in the dance movements, nothing was exaggerated at all, it was pure Bach.
She reminds me of the best Bach pianists. The dance lives when she plays Bach. Marialy brought a joy and beauty to the music that strictly classical pianists rarely achieve. She has an innate understanding of where this music comes from, this is part of her living tradition" (…)

- RICHARD WENN, Manager Director Queensland Symphony Orchestra -



  • "That was music from another universe! You three were absolutely brilliant and fun and playing your hearts out with rhythms never heard before. Your listening and soloing set a new bar in the music world. Those lucky enough to have been there will never forget last night. We will treasure the experience forever” 
  • “Seeing you play was the calm after that rain storm! I’m glad that you were able to play! 
  • "We have been enjoying her music since about Tokyo Call (2012 album), and it just gets better and better. Marialy easily made my shortlist of Piano Superheroes who I never would’ve expected to see live. Usually busy winning awards at international jazz festivals or performing her work in concert halls with European orchestras, it is incredibly special that maybe 100 of us in Seattle got to have her come and play just for us. You guys, this concert was sensational... "she plays with the blood"! Any of you piano, Latin jazz, or just good music fans simply must go if you are in Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, New York or Detroit in the coming days. I suspect it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see a pianist of her caliber in such an intimate venue and join just a handful of people in greeting and thanking her afterward. I don’t think we’ll be able to keep her a secret anymore; and next time she visits, it may be to play with the Seattle Symphony in Benaroya Hall!” 
  • "What a privilege to have Marialy in Philly - Gracias Mari!!” 
  • "We saw a star that will shine for many many years..Marialy is not only an unbelievable talent but her entire on-stage personality is unlike any I've ever seen. Her anecdotes and warmth and humor and information about the piano she was using went far beyond just performance. We were so impressed ..."
  • "September was one of my favorite pieces ever hearing live..I was so taken aback, I love the way you play with such feeling. It's hard to believe you wrote that at such a young age. I'm very inspired by you!"
  • “It was a pleasure to having the talented and beautiful Marialy Pacheco at City Winery tonight. Enjoyed every minute of it!"


The biggest appreciation so far of Marialy Pacheco’s qualities has been the winning of the Montreux Jazzfestival Solo Piano Competition 2012. She is the first woman to win this prize in 15 years history of the competition. 

Born in Havana 1983, Marialy Pacheco was raised in a musical family and began piano studies from an early age at the Conservatorio Alejandro García Caturla. At 15 she attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes, followed by three years of composition studies under Tulio Peramo at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana.

In 2002 she won the Cuban competition Jo-Jazz, with Grammy award-winner Chucho Valdés presiding over the jury. Two years later she recorded her first album “Bendiciones”. The pianist moved to Germany, toured through Europe – both solo and with her trio – and built international reputation.

On the occasion of the 185-year-old jubilee of Bösendorfer, Marialy Pacheco guested in 2013 as the only Jazz-Act, beside classical stars like Valentina Lisitsa and Maria Mazo in the Musikverein Wien. In 2014, Marialy was announced as first female jazz pianist worldwide to be an official „Bösendorfer Artist“.

In spring 2014, her new album "Introducing" (Neuklang/Edel:Kultur) was released. After several solo albums, it is a trio album, with Juan Camilo Villa Robles on bass and Miguel Altamar de la Torre on drums. As "special guests" she got the honor to get german trumpet player and Echo Jazz Winner Joo Kraus and STING Percussionist Rhani Krija. 

In August 2014, she gave her debut as classical pianist and showed her musical variety, when she performed Bach’s Piano Concert in G minor with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane/Australia, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno

Marialy Pacheco has performed at national and international festivals like Montreux Jazz Festival, Aalener Jazzfest, Enter Music Festival (Poland), St. Moritz Art Masters, Rheingau-Musik-Festival, ZMF Freiburg, Jazzfestival Oloron (France) Audi Jazzfestival, Ingolstädter Jazztage, Piano City Milano, Havana Jazzfestival and at Beethoven Festival Bonn.

In June 2016, she presented the project “Danzón Cubano” together with WDR Funkhaus Orchestra, streamed Live on ARTE TV concerts. The project was later presented in September 2016 at the Beethovenfest in Bonn.
In summer 2016, she performed as a soloist at the Rheingau Musik Festival with the "Cuban European Orchestra", conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock.

In January, 2017 she guested as a soloist with the legendary “Filmorchester Babelsberg” at the Nikolaisaal in Potsdam.

In April 2017, Marialy released her new album "DUETS" – an intimate and many-faceted album featuring Hamilton de Holanda, Omar Sosa, Joo Kraus, Rhani Krija, Miguel Zenon and Max Mutzke.

In summer 2017, she guested again at Montreux Jazzfestival and gave her debut at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.

In September 2017, Marialy presented the project "Danzón Cubano" with the WDR Radio Orchestra, conducted by Gordon Hamilton in the sold out Philharmonie Köln.

In January 2018, Marialy was invited by the German Ambassador in Havana to perform 2 concerts in Cuba followed by a concert at the International Jazzfestival in Port-au-Prince in Haiti.

In February 2018 she presented her first Italy-Tour together with trumpet player Joo Kraus with concerts in Milan, Naples, Catania and Palermo, as well as summer concerts in Bari, Fiesole and Sardinia.

During summer and fall 2018, Marialy played in various line ups presenting "DUETS" with Omar Sosa at the „Woman in Jazz“- Festival, with Rhani Krija at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and with Joo Kraus at the Luxembourg Philharmonic.

In March 2019 she performed together with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonie Konstanz.

In May 2019 her new album "Danzon Cubano - Live in Viersen" was released. A live recording at the Viersen International Jazz Festival with the Marialy Pacheco Trio, the WDR Funkhausorchester and conductor Gordon Hamilton. In the summer of 2019, Marialy performed at well-known festivals in Europe, such as the 9Hills Festival in Poland, Rheingau-Musik-Festival, Stuttgarter Jazztagen and the festival at Schloss Ettersburg. In August and September 2019, Marialy debuted for the first time in the US with concerts in Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York, as well as the renowned Detroit Jazz Festival.

Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, Marialy was able to give exclusive concerts in 2020 and made guest appearances in duo with Max Mutzke at the Leverkusen Jazztag, or as a soloist with the "Danzón Cubano" program with the Orchestra of the Landestheater Coburg.

In 2021, concerts followed with Max Mutzke at the Kissinger Sommer, at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele and at the Kultursommer Nordhessen. In October she performed with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, premiering her piano concerto "Danzón Cubano".

In December 2021, she performed at the „Piano Festival“ in Ystad / Sweden, together with Rhani Krija and in 2022, presented concerts around the world with several different projects.

She performed with Max Mutzke at the Hitzacker Musikwoche, Mosel Music Festival and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In Duo with Omar Sosa at Jazzbaltica, at the Enter Enea Festival in Poznan and at the Jazz Festival Rome.
As well as with her Trio & Joo Kraus presenting the project "Danzón Cubano" with the Bergische Symphoniker.

The year 2022 followed with 2 major album releases: MANOS, a live Duo album with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa released in April and RELOAD, a Trio album celebrating the music and culture of cuba and Latin America featuring Avishai Cohen, Nils Wülker, Karl Perazzo, and Rhani Krija, released in October.

In 2023 she debuted at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with Max Mutzke, followed by performances in Lithuania, Bucharest and a duo concert with Leszek Mozdzer at the Duisburg Philharmonic Theater. 

Marialy Pacheco is the only female pianist among the currently popular Cuban star pianists such as Chucho Valdés, Roberto Fonseca, Omar Sosa and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

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