Luis Mario Ochoa Quartet
The Luis Mario Ochoa quartet is renowned for virtuosity and incredible musicianship. This acoustic group features music ranging from rumba to samba, bolero to waltz, son to cha and features Toronto's leading jazz and world musicians. Nominee of the 2007 Canadian Latin Jazz Artist of the Year Award, guitarist and lead vocalist Luis Mario Ochoa leads this ensemble noted by press for their “fire, finesse and authenticity” (JazzTimes).
Born in Havana, Cuba, Luis Mario Ochoa's earliest musical influences came from his father, Luis Ochoa Sr., singer and founding member of "Trio Voces de Oro", one of Cuba's most established ensembles. At the age of 11, Luis began full-time music studies at some of Havana's most renowned conservatories. He later graduated with an Honours B.A. in classical guitar from the University of Havana's Institute Superior of Arts (ISA). While most of his extensive learning was in the classical genre, his heart never abandoned his roots in traditional Cuban music.