Brazilian pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano compiled an international career of the highest caliber as a soloist, composer, producer and arranger.A product of his own instincts, tenacity and raw talent; Cesar Camargo Mariano is today one of the most renowned artists to come out of his home country, Brazil. During the 60s, the young brazilian pianist very quickly became famous for his ability to swing, and for his now legendary left hand.
Among many Grammy nominations and further awards, Cesar was also the recipient of the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Latin Grammy® Award” in 2006, awarded to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance.
Cesar has been invited to perform in some of the world’s major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall (USA), Bunkamura Orchard Hall (Japan), Sala São Paulo (Brazil), as well as renowned Jazz venues and Festivals around the world such as Lincoln Center, Blue Note and Birdland (USA), Montreux JazzFest (Switzerland), Tanglewood JazzFest (USA), Kirin JazzFest (Japan), and Salamanca JazzFest (Spain). Among the orchestras he has collaborated with are the London Royal Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony Chamber.
Acclaimed Arranger and Producer
As arranger and producer, Cesar’s collaboration with great artists from his homeland of Brazil such as Elis Regina, Ivan Lins, Wilson Simonal and Gal Costa and, have brought him worldwide acclaim. The historic 1973 album Elis & Tom, (Elis Regina and Tom Jobim), features Cesar as arranger, pianist and musical director. His world wide acclaim has also led him to collaborate with international artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Sadao Watanabe, Al Jarreau, James Ingram, Dianne Reeves, Sadao Watanabe, Michael Brecker, Blossom Dearie, to name a few.
Popular Recording Artist
His early instrumental ensembles, notably “Sambalanço Trio” and “Som Três”, are regarded as high points of Brazilian jazz; so are his albums “Samambaia” and “Sao Paulo – Brasil”, two of his thirty-plus instrumental albums, considered classic landmarks by musicians and listeners worldwide.
Cesar’s compositions such as “Cristal”, “Samambaia”, “Curumim” and “Don Quixote” have been recorded worldwide by other artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Paquito D’Rivera, Ettore Stratta & The London Royal Philharmonic, Milton Nascimento & Herbie Hancock and Clare Fisher. He has also composed a wealth of soundtracks for film and TV in Brazil, United States and Japan.