The biggest appreciation so far of Marialy Pacheco’s qualities has been the winning of the Montreux Jazzfestival Solo Piano Competition 2012. She is the first woman to win this prize in 15 years history of the competition.
Born in Havana 1983, Marialy Pacheco was raised in a musical family and began piano studies from an early age at the Conservatorio Alejandro García Caturla. At 15 she attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes, followed by three years of composition studies under Tulio Peramo at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana.
In 2002 she won the Cuban competition Jo-Jazz, with Grammy award-winner Chucho Valdes presiding over the jury. Two years later she recorded her first album “Bendiciones”. The pianist moved to Germany, toured through Europe – both solo and with her trio – and built international reputation.
On the occasion of the 185-year-old jubilee of Bösendorfer, Marialy Pacheco guested in 2013 as the only Jazz-Act, beside classical stars like Valentina Lisitsa and Maria Mazo in the Musikverein Wien. In 2014, Marialy was announced as first female jazz pianist worldwide to be an official „Bösendorfer Artist“.
In spring 2014, her new album "Introducing" (Neuklang/Edel:Kultur) was released. After several solo albums, it is a trio album, with Juan Camilo Villa Robles on bass and Miguel Altamar de la Torre (both from colombia) on drums. As "special guests" she got the honor to get german trumpet player and Echo Jazz Winner Joo Kraus, even moroccan Rhani Krija, the Percussionist of STING.
In August 2014, she gave her debut as classical pianist and showed her musical variety, when she performed Bach’s g-moll concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane/Australia, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno
Marialy Pacheco performed at national and international festivals like Montreux Jazz Festival, Aalener Jazzfest, Enter Music Festival (Poland), St. Moritz Art Masters, Rheingau-Musik-Festival, ZMF Freiburg, Jazzfestival Oloron (France) Audi Jazzfestival, Ingolstädter Jazztage, Piano City Milano, Havana Jazzfestival and at Beethovenfestival Bonn.
In June 2016, she presented the project “Danzon Cubano” together with WDR Funkhaus Orchestra, streamed Live on ARTE TV concerts. The project was later presented in September 2016 at the Beethovenfest in Bonn.
In summer 2016, she performed as a soloist at the Rheingau Musik Festival with the "Cuban European Orchestra", conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock.
In January, 2017 she guested as a soloist with the legendary “Filmorchester Babelsberg” at the Nikolaisaal in Potsdam.
In April 2017, Marialy released the new album "DUETS" – an intimate and many-faceted album featuring Hamilton de Holanda, Omar Sosa, Joo Kraus, Rhani Krija, Miguel Zenon and Max Mutzke.
In summer 2017, she guested again at Montreux Jazzfestival and gave her debut in legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
In September 2017, Marialy presented the project "Danzon Cubano" with the WDR Radio Orchestra, conducted by Gordon Hamilton in the sold out Philharmonie Köln.
In January 2018, Marialy was invited by the German Ambassador to perform 2 concerts in Cuba followed by a concert at the International Jazzfestival in Port-au-Prince in Haiti.
In February 2018 she presented her first Italy-Tour together with trumpet player Joo Kraus with concerts in Milan, Naples, Catania and Palermo, as well as summer concerts in Bari, Fiesole and Sardinia.
During summer and fall 2018, Marialy played in various line ups presenting "DUETS" with Omar Sosa at the „Woman in Jazz“- Festival, with Rhani Krija at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and with Joo Kraus at the Luxembourg Philharmonic.
In March 2019 she performed together with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonie Konstanz.
In May 2019 the new album "Danzon Cubano - Live in Viersen" was released. A live recording at the Viersen International Jazz Festival with the Marialy Pacheco Trio, the WDR Funkhausorchester and conductor Gordon Hamilton. In the summer of 2019, Marialy performed at well-known festivals in Europe, such as the 9Hills Festival in Poland, the Rheingau-Musik-Festival, Stuttgarter Jazztagen and the festival at Schloss Ettersburg. In August and September 2019, Marialy debuted for the first time in the US with concerts in Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, the legendary jazz club Birdland in New York, as well as the renowned Detroit Jazz Festival.
Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, Marialy was able to give exclusive concerts in 2020 and made guest appearances in duo with Max Mutzke at the Leverkusen Jazztag, or as a soloist with the "Danzon Cubano" program with the Orchestra of the Landestheater Coburg.
In 2021, concerts followed with Max Mutzke at the Kissinger Sommer, at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele and at the Kultursommer Nordhessen. In October she performed with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, premiering her piano concerto "Danzon Cubano".
In December 2021, she performed at the „Piano Festival“ in Ystad / Sweden, together with Rhani Krija and in 2022, presented concerts around the world with several different projects.
She performed with Max Mutzke at the Hitzacker Musikwoche, Mosel Music Festival and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In Duo with Omar Sosa at Jazzbaltica, at the Enter Enea Festival in Poznan and at the Jazz Festival Rome.
As well as with her Trio & Joo Kraus presenting the project "Danzon Cubano" with the Bergische Symphoniker.
The year 2022 followed with 2 major album releases: MANOS, a live Duo album with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa released in April and RELOAD, a Trio album celebrating the music and culture of cuba and Latin America featuring Avishai Cohen, Nils Wülker, Karl Perazzo, and Rhani Krija, released in October.
Marialy Pacheco is the only female pianist among the currently popular Cuban star pianists such as Chucho Valdes, Roberto Fonseca, Omar Sosa and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.