Born in the province of Camagüey, Cuba. Carlos del Pino played in Havana with the Orquesta de la Radio y Televisión and the Orquesta de Ópera y Ballet, touring extensively throughout Europe and Latin America. In 1985 he received the "Johann Sebastian Bach Medal" in Germany, and in 1990 he was invited by Prince Albert to perform in Monaco, soon after traveling to Italy to perform with the Jazz Orchestra of Palermo.

In October, 2006 Mr. del Pino made his long-awaited New York City debut with the first of his Jubileo Concert Series, attended by luminaries from the world of jazz, such as Ron Carter, Bob Cunningham and Paquito D’Rivera. Two months later, Mr. del Pino thrilled the audience with his 2006 Christmas performance at Carnegie Hall, where he played in honor of composer Tania León. Many who heard him for the first time that evening would join his legion of fans the following spring at the Julia de Burgos Center, where he offered a vibrant and novel fusion of classical music and jazz. After his 2007 performance in the Czech Republic, as guest artist at the VIII Convention of Bass in Brno, Mr. del Pino's masterful musicianship was duly recognized when he was asked to give both a master class and to be a juror at the competition. The following year, he was invited to reprise his magnificent performance at the Convention of Bass in Poland. Always breaking new ground, he stunned the audience the following year at Manhattan’s legendary St. Peter’s Church, where he paid homage to Maya Plisetskaya, including a stirring rendition of Camille Saint-Saëns’The Dying Swan.

In the spring of 2010, he played at the Rochester Jazz Festival alongside the great Chuchito Valdés, who joined him soon after at the Scullers Jazz Club in Boston and at Manhattan’s famed Blue Note and the Iridium Jazz Club. In 2011 his CD collaboration with Chuchito Valdés,Viva el Sonido Cubano, earned him a Latin Grammy nomination. His prodigious talent soon prompted Maestro Flores Chaviano to invite him to perform as guest artist with his chamber ensemble in A Baroque Christmas Concert organized by the Cuban Cultural Center of New York in honor of 18th century composer Esteban Salas. Since then, his eclectic repertoire and astounding prowess with the bass has made him one of the most sought-after musicians in the tri-state area, with recitals ranging from José White to Paganini at key entertainment centers, such as Symphony Space, Instituto Cervantes, Scandinavia House, the Jerome Greene Performance Space, and many others. Most recently, he again joined forces with Chuchito Valdés at the Centenary Stage Company Jazz Festival in Hackettstown, NJ, and the Friends of Jazz Festival in Mount Gretna, PA. Mr. del Pino’s virtuosity has inspired critic Playthell Benjamin to remark: “The physical dexterity and lyricism with which Carlos played was of such grandeur that none who heard it could ever think of the bass again as simply an instrument designed to keep the bottom beat.”

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