Cuban born Waldo Lavaut is a guitarist, pianist, composer, arranger, and instructor based in Miami, Florida. In 2015 Mr. Lavaut joined the “Encore Academy of the Arts,” where he currently teaches guitar, electric bass, and Jazz piano to students of all levels.
In 2018 the “Encore Academy of the Arts” commissioned Mr. Lavaut the composition of the choreographic piece “Océanos,” which was premiered at the “DANCECORE 2018” show, featuring Encore Academy’s dance students and music teachers.
For the last decade, Mr. Lavaut has performed and recorded around the world in countries such as Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Lithuania, Turkey, Cuba, and the US. He has worked as both a guitar/piano player and an arranger/composer, with Classical and Pop-Latin-Jazz artists and groups such as Zenaida Romeu, Liuba María Hervia, and Silvio Rodríguez among others. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by chamber groups such as the “Calamus” and “D’Accord” duets, the “Divine Echoes” Jazz Band from Trinidad & Tobago, the “Aire de Concierto” group, and “Flutas Cardinales” among others.
As a Classical composer, Mr. Lavaut’s catalogue of works ranges from solo and chamber pieces to symphonic and electronic works. He has published two pieces in Spain: “From The Crowd to its Destination,” for two pianos and narrator -written for a collaborative project by the Spain Embassy in Havana and the Composition Department of the Instituto Superior de Arte,- and “Suite for Clarinet and Piano,” a work dedicated to the memory of outstanding Cuban pianist and scholar Teresita Junco.
A 2011 graduate from the prestigious “Instituto Superior de Arte” in Havana, Cuba, with a Bachelor Degree in Music Composition under professor Juan Piñera’s class, Mr. Lavaut previously received elementary and intermediate music and guitar training at the “José María Heredia Art School” and the “Esteban Salas Conservatory,” both in his hometown Santiago de Cuba. He took also guitar and composition courses with professors Liberto Planas (Spain), Luca Belcastro (Italy), Louis Aguirre (Cuba), and Evelyn Ramon (Canada).
In 2008 Mr. Lavaut was awarded the “1st Prize as Best Accompanying Guitarist,” along with the “Popularity Award for Best Performance of a Cuban Song,” at the “Mariana De Gonich Opera Singing Competition.”