A keyboard for Cuba

the essential
A moment of grace was offered last night by the La Dépêche Foundation to its partners, with a concert by Cuban pianist Yamilé Cruz Montero as part of the Piano aux Jacobins festival

The charm, the ardor, the emotion, the rhythm, the sensitivity, the virtuosity… The dazzling Cuban pianist Yamilé Cruz Montero gave everything last night, for his first recital in Toulouse, making this final meeting of the Piano festival aux Jacobins, offered by the La Dépêche group Foundation to its partners, a real delight. As the President of the Foundation, Marie-France Marchand-Baylet recalled before the pianist entered the chapter house, this evening under the sign of music and conviviality, aimed to thank the tutors, heads of companies, institutions, readers of La Dépêche, who have supported the Foundation in its mission for 13 years to help deserving young people complete their studies. All smiles in her long purple dress, Yamilé Cruz Montero, 35 years old and future mother, offered a very original recital, dedicated to three Cuban composers. She opened several joyfully romantic pieces by Ernesto Lecuona, including “Malaguena”, a well-known Latin folklore tune. The concert performer followed with a tribute to French composer Michel Legrand and very jazzy variations by Andrès Alen. She surprised and amused the public with one of her compositions, sublime, around the childish theme of “Frère Jacques”. The concert ended in cascades of notes on “Paparo carpintero” by Lopez Gavilan. In this Mecca of Toulouse heritage which has seen so many international artists pass by, the delighted public twice called the young pianist back and gave her a standing ovation. Another great discovery of this 42nd edition of Piano aux Jacobins.