Born in Havana, Cuba, Alfredo Rodríguez trained at the famous Manuel Saumell Classical Music Conservatory, then at the Amadeo Roldan Music Conservatory and the Instituto Superior de Arte. When he was selected as one of twelve pianists from around the world to play at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival, legendary music producer Quincy Jones noticed him and began working with him. In January 2009 Rodriguez made the difficult decision to leave behind his family and country to pursue a career in music in the U.S.
In addition to the 2010 Gilmore Festival, this 25-year-old pianist has already performed around the world, including the Detroit, Newport, and Umbria (Italy) jazz festivals, and many others. He has shared the stage with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Patti Austin, James Ingram, McCoy Tyner and Esperanza Spalding. Rodriguez’s debut album, produced by Jones and Rodriguez, will be released on Qwest/Mack Avenue Records this fall.