" . . . exuberant , virtuosic performance. . .


 " . . . ferocious performance, emotionally wrenching

playing. . . "


 " . . . enough can' t be said, sensational musician. . .


 " . . . Gustavo Casenave led the virtuosic ensemble, … show stopper. . .


Gustavo Casenave, declared "Illustrious Citizen of the City of Montevideo, is a 2020 & 2019 Latin GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER (six- time nominated), Steinway Artist, Two-Time Gold Medal Award Winner at Global Music Awards, first recipient of the "Horacio Ferrer" Award, ACE Awardee 2015,  Uruguayan pianist and composer, based in New York City. He has performed worldwide, collaborated and recorded with artists as diverse as: Yo-Yo Ma, Bette Midler, Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, Robert Duvall, Mark Egan, Manolo Badrena, Paquito D'Rivera and the 12 cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic among many others. With 36 albums as a solo artist, he received the 2013 Con Edison Composers Residency Award, a 2013 New Music USA Grant, and a “Belgian Artistic Promotion Award” at Europe Jazz Contest 1999. He directed and performed in almost every major Tango show in the US, including Forever Tango, Tango Fire, Tango Lovers, Tango Buenos Aires and Eternal Tango Orchestra among others. He is a former Jazz Department Director at the Harbor Conservatory, in addition to giving Master Classes at Juilliard, Oberlin, Eastman, Yale University and permanent faculty member at the Stowe Tango Music Festival.


2021 Declared: Illustrious Citizen of the City of Montevideo

2021 First time Recipient of the "Horacio Ferrer Award"

2021 QCA Art Fund Awardee – New Works Grant



2019 Latin GRAMMY Nominee 

2019 QCA Art Fund Awardee – New Works Grant

2018 American Prize in Composition - Finalist

2018 Rotary Club Uruguay - Distinction Medal Honoree 

2017 Latin GRAMMY Nominee “Best Instrumental Album”

2016 Latin GRAMMY Nominee “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”

2014 Latin GRAMMY Nominee “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”

2012 Latin Grammy Nominee “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”

2017 QCA Art Fund Awardee – New Works Grant

2015 ACE Award Recipient “Best Show of the Year” (Tango Lovers Show / Musical Director)

2014 Became a Steinway Artist

2014 Published his first music theory book: “The Harmonic Structure Levels”

2013 New Music USA Award

2013 Con Edison Composers Residency Award

2012 City of Montevideo Recognition: “The Greatest Uruguayan Musicians”

2007 “Tango Casenave Show” “of national and cultural interest” by the Uruguayan Government.

2006 New York film and video Festival | Composer for feature film "La cascara” (The Rind)

2001 Semifinalist in the "Independent Music Awards" together with Manolo Badrena, John Benitez

1999 International Award winner: "Belgian Artistic Promotion" Europe Jazz Contest 1999 (BELGIUM)

1997 "Professional Achievement Scholarship" Berklee College of Music (USA)

1997 "Professional Music Achievement Award" Berklee College of Music (USA)

1996 Selected among the 10 best composers coming out from Berklee in 30 years (1966-1996) (USA)

1994 Full two year Fellowship from the O.A.S. (Organization of American States) 


Yo-Yo Ma, John Patitucci, Eddie Gomez ,Bette Midler, Deepak Chopra, Robert Duvall, Paquito D’Rivera, Neil Sedaca, Mark Egan, CharlElie Couture, Jane Ira Bloom, Manolo Badrena, John Benitez, Federico Britos, Miguel Zenon, Avishai Cohen, Charlie Persip, Pedro Giraudo, Nestor Torres, Ray Vega and Hector del Curto among many others.


2010 Columbia University (New York City): Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute directed by Tania Leon and Derek Bermel.

1994 -1997 Jazz Private studies with Gary Burton.

1996 -1997 Jazz Private studies with Kenny Werner, Bob Brookmyer and George Garzone.

1994 -1997 Bachelor’s Degree, Berklee College of Music - Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Professional Music Major.

1992 -1993 Jazz studies with Alberto Magnone (Montevideo, Uruguay).

1989 -1994 Escuela Universitaria de Musica (Uruguayan Music University) - Composition Major

1987 -1990 Composition Studies with Hector Tosar, (Aaron Copland’s disciple)

1979 -1985 Escuela de Musica del Instituto Crandon. Classical Piano and Harmony 7th year Diploma.

1975 -1989 St. Catherine’s School (Montevideo, Uruguay) Primary and Secondary Bilingual Education.


- The Juilliard School (guest lecturer from 2008 until present),

- Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts (Jazz Department        Director   / composition/ piano teacher)

- Stowe Tango Music Festival permanent Faculty member

- Yale University

- Harvard University

- Eastman University

- Oberlin Conservatory

- Columbia University

- University of Florida,

- Dance Manhattan,

- Lincoln Center Institute,

New York University

 University of Uruguay

  St. - Catherine’s School

Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico

- Wien Konservatorium

- Waldorfschule (Austria)

- Kärntner Landeskonservatorium

- Musikschule St.Veit (Austria) Freising Schule (Germany).





 The Blue Note (NYC)

Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)

Carnegie Hall (USA),

Teatro Solis (URUGUAY)

Taiwan National Theater (TAIWAN)

The A Train – Jazz Club (Berlin/GERMANY),

Porgy & Bess Jazz Club (Vienna/AUSTRIA)

Chung Mu Art Hall (KOREA)

Sony Studio (JAPAN)

Centro de Bellas Artes de Caguas (PUERTO RICO)

Europe Jazz Contest (BELGIUM)

Kodak Theatre (Los Angeles- USA),

Casino Lisboa Theatre (PORTUGAL)

Harris Theatre (CHICAGO)

The Jazz Standard (New York)

Lincoln Center (New York USA)

Marin Center (USA)

Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University (USA)

Jazz Tour Festival (URUGUAY)

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (USA)

Hypo Jazz Festival (AUSTRIA),

Bosendorfer New York (USA)

Jazz Festival Seeon (GERMANY)

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (USA)

JVC Jazz Festival (New York)

Metropolitan Museum (New York USA)

Graz Jazz Festival (AUSTRIA),

Symphony Space (New York ,USA)

JazzKeller (Frankfurt -GERMANY),

Vilar Performing arts Center (USA)

Sala Verdi (URUGUAY),

Cami Hall (New York City)

Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC - USA)

Benaroya Hall (Seattle WA USA),

Cooper Union - Great Hall (NYC - USA),

The Jazz Cable Channel (NewYork - USA),

Keep Walking Jazz Tour Festival (URUGUAY),

Town Hall (New York, USA)

Manhattan Neighborhood Network (NewYorkTV Channel),

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (USA)

ORF (National TV/ AUSTRIA),

Jackie Gleason Theatre (Miami, USA)

One World Theater (USA)

BPC Hall (Boston USA),

International Jazz Festival at Kempten, (GERMANY) ,

NY City Center (NYC - USA)

International Contest for Contemporary Chamber Music at Düsseldorf (GERMANY)

Sala Zitarrosa (URUGUAY),

Manship Theater (USA)

Walton Arts Center (USA)

Livermore Valley Performing arts Center (USA)

North Carolina Performing arts Center (USA