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Known as “Amaury The Pianist”, but born Amaury Sanchez Figueredo, October 04 1978 in Havana, Cuba, where he commenced his music education at the age of 15, when most music students start 10 years earlier than him. It was considered a late start by many and even though Amaury kept his piano lessons in secret, it did not last too long in such secretly status. Since, his leisure time started to get occupied with his private lessons, making him less available to attend games organized by his teen peer group, which were held in his neighbourhood parks and playgrounds. The news was found and spread around, it became a subject that triggered constantly sarcastic jokes by neighbours, some family members and friends, who surely believed success was remotely far from being achieved.
His first classes were taken from a private teacher in his neighbourhood, where he learned the rudiments of music. Amaury was eagerly waiting for the keys physical contact moment to come, after a long period of learning to name, write clefts and notes on manuscript paper. He could not longer wait to relate what was written on manuscript papers to the keys. Amaury was, for the first time, placed in front of a piano, by his private teacher, to get familiar with the different sound registers, in the music system, which the piano embraces, besides the middle C and the precise amount of keys in the instrument. While standing next to the teacher and in front of the piano, the teacher talked about several aspects, but only one caused a big impact on Amaury. When he was told the piano has 88 keys, he got spaced out and thought learning to play piano would be a challenging task, but succeeding would be even harder, there was only one thing in his mind “Too many keys for only ten fingers” Amaury knew his music progress was under close judgemental surveillance. He feared failure for a long time. Amaury did not want to let down his mother, who supported his music interest, while his father did not approve it at all.
Music became priority for him, ruling his life and consuming most of his time practising over and over every material covered in class. At first he treated it like a task, like a duty, a goal to achieve to proof wrong those, who mocked him down, until the love for the music emerged, taking full control over this goal. His persistency soon showed a noticeable and rapidly progress, which increased his confidence, ambition and eagerness to find new music pieces to play, yet doing beginner exercises such scales and others. Amaury stayed completely focus on his music studies, he continued progressing greatly and that encouraged him to take his music education beyond a private teacher. He decided to pursued a full-time music career and he communicated the idea to his mother , who helped him out finding and choosing a public music school. The New school was called Cervantes Music School and the music program involved more material than his private teacher, Amaury could not be any happier, he knew this was a new start that would give him the opportunity to take his skills to another level. In one of the classes, he was introduced to many of classical composers-performers, which he performed songs from such Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and some classical Cuban composers-performers as well such Ernesto Lecuona, Saumel and others. His obedient discipline to his studies brought great results to him and allowed him to performed challenging pieces from his favourite classical Cuban composer-performer, Ernesto Lecuona. Amaury played a few challenging pieces of his such “Here Comes The Chinese Man”, “Danza Negra” and “La Comparsa”. Which made him felt very accomplished at that time.
2000 was a year that brought significant changes to Amaury's music education. His first year in Toronto, Canada was fully spent on learning English, to present himself to music admission tests to continue his music education in Canada, which turned into his new country, however, this time the music studies had a bigger challenge. They were in a new language and a completely new music genre to him. He was accepted at the music school and commenced his studies in 2001. Today, Amaury is a classically trained pianist with a degree in Jazz, which he acquired at The Humber College Jazz Music Program. Once his music education was completed at Humber College, Amaury registered to the (BCOU) British Columbia Open University, where he obtained his music degree. While attending at The Humber Jazz Music Program, Amaury was introduced to internationally renowned American Jazz pianist, Barry Harris, who awakened Amaury to Jazz music theory, its arrangement and the language of jazz “Bebop”. Amaury knew Barry was a priceless and valuable source of music knowledge that could have a significant impact in his music career, therefore, being a student of such music living legend, became Amaury's main target at that time. Today, Amaury claims Barry Harris is one of the key influences in his career. Amaury completed his music education and performed in many venues in Canada and outside Canada, offering his audience what they want to hear and what he learned over the years through his music education. He continues performing throughout North America, furthermore, re-arranging classics with his unique style and writing and fully producing his own music.