Marco Mezquida is no longer a rising star but a reality of the Spanish music scene. The 29 year-old Minorcan pianist has received three consecutive Awards as Musician of the Year by the Association of Jazz of Catalonia (2011-2013) and several prizes for his intense style and passionate performances, both as a soloist and leader of his own trio.
He started with classical music at 7 years old, and years later he studied Jazz and improvisation at the piano and the organ. He graduated in 2009 at the High School of Music of Catalonia studying with teachers such Agustí Fernández, Lluis Vidal and Albert Bover, and he has studied with great musicians like John Taylor, Fred Hersch, Aaron Goldberg and Dave Kikosky.Mezquida is a versatile and talented musician who has recorded 35 albums, 10 of them as leader. His live and recorded performances include his own compositions, improvisations and arrangements.
His album My Friend Marko (Fresh Sound New Talent) with his own Marco Mezquida Trio has received rave reviews and an award from the magazine Enderrock in 2014, and his first piano solo album, La hora fértil [The Fertile Time] (Whatabout music), has been performed in many festivals and concert halls in Spain, Belgium and Switzerland.
He has performed in over 30 countries on 4 continents, from America to Japan, with some of the best and most influential musicians and groups of the Spanish Jazz scene, such as Jorge Rossy, Giulia Valle Group, Marc Miralta Quartet, Perico Sambeat, among others, as well as playing in some of the most important international European Jazz festivals and clubs all over the world, including the Blue Note in New York, the SF Jazz in San Francisco, the ATrane Berlin, Munich Unterfarht, Bimhuis Amsterdam, Porgy and Bess Vienna, St. Petersburg JKF. He often plays at Jamboree Jazz Club in Barcelona, where he currently lives. In addition to playing with classical orchestras and big bands as a soloist, he has recorded several music programs for television and composed music for the theatre.
At present, Mezquida combines his intense tour concerts with teaching, being professor at the High School of Music of Taller de Músics and at Liceum Conservatoire.