Amaury The Pianist
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Amaury The Pianist

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
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2009 happened to be a very productive and busy year for Amaury, since he recorded three solo piano albums at once. Two albums embraced the most well-known American songs from Broadways to Standards, and both are arranged in his unique style. They are titled “My Piano and I...” and “Talking through My Piano”. The third one, “Cuban Boleros”, it's a Bolero album with a lot of the Cuban songs, the Mexican composition Besame Mucho and a non-bolero originally written song that Amaury arranged in such style, named Beautiful Love.

After the exposure and a great response of the first three solo piano albums, a large number of listeners continuously requested more of Amaury's work and some even requested specific songs. They were interested in hearing what certain, well-known, songs could sound like or turn into after “The Pianist” has added his musical ideas and hands touch to the pieces. At the very end of 2010, Amaury knew it was time to give his audience, what they had eagerly requested and patiently waited for. 2011 came and the young pianist started collecting pieces for the new albums. When doing live, intimate and small lounge performances, he would bring pen and paper to write down names of pieces requested by his audience. He gathered a few Broadway songs and movie themes, which is what his new albums encompasses.

They are named:

“10 fingers Vs 88 Keys”
“That's Amaury”
“The Pianist Goes Brazilian”
“The Touch of my Hands”
“Dusting The Keys”
“Whispering Your Ears”
“Put Your Mind At Ease”

Nevertheless, he was already busy recording his three solo piano album. Amaury signed the longest performing contract, he has ever done, which started in 2009 and ended in 2010. During the contract Amaury wrote and arranged his first Pop album, named
“Love Unemployed Man”.

In 2010, close to the end of the his long music contract, Amaury met a young girl named Michelle accompanied by her father, who used to frequently be part of Amaury's audience. Amaury wrote a single, which is titled, “My Muse Michelle”. It was written to Michelle, who became interested in Amaury's solo piano arrangements and his original compositions.

Amaury was eager to write songs that embrace current matters happening within the North American society. For a long time he was trying to spot subjects that were relevant to his idea for the new album. Amaury finally chose a word to write a song of, while describing the linguistic meaning, the consequences and the impact the word has had in our current society. The word he chose is “Misunderstanding” The album is named after that song.

After hearing from many non-North Americans, the idea that Americans are rich or whoever lives in America gets rich. Amaury wrote a song called:

“American Man”

First verse:
The Day starts with a
drop of sweat running
down on a cheek of a
man, who is working
hard day by day to

This song is part of the same “Misunderstanding” album



Known as “Amaury The Pianist”, but born Amaury Sanchez Figueredo, on 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 and though Amaury kept in secret his piano lessons, it triggered sarcastic jokes by neighbours, some family members and friends, who positively believed success was remotely far from being achieved.

His first classes were taken with a private teacher from his neighbourhood. There, he learned the rudiments of music. Amaury was first placed in front of a piano by his private teacher to be taught about the different sound registers, the middle C and the precise amount of keys on the instrument. Amaury was eagerly waiting for the keys physical contact moment to come, after a long period of learning to name and write clefts and notes on manuscript paper, he could not longer wait to match what was written on papers to the keys. While standing next to the teacher and in front of the piano, the teacher talked about several aspects, but only one caused a great 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” knowing his music progress was under close judgemental surveillance. He feared failure for a long time. He 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, a responsibility, a demonstration to those that mocked him down, until the love for the music emerged leading fully the interest for it. His persistency sooner showed a noticeable and rapidly progress, which increased his confidence his ambition and eagerness to fumble around books for new music pieces to play, yet doing beginner exercises such scales. Amaury kept completely focus on his music studies, he continued progressing greatly, later he decided to pursued a full-time music studies. He communicated the idea to his mother and she helped him out on choosing a public music school. The New school was called Cervantes and the music program involved more material than his private teacher. In one of the classes, he was introduced to a large number of classical composers-performers, which he performed songs of such Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and some classical Cuban composers-performers as well such Ernesto Lecuona, Saumel and others. His obedient discipline on his studies gave him great results 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 admission tests to continue his music education in Canada, which later would turned into his future country, however, this time the music studies had a bigger challenge. They were in a new language and a different and completely new music genre to him. He was accepted at the music school and commenced his studies in 2001. Amaury a classically trained pianist today, 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 a such music living legend, became Amaury's main target at that time. Amaury claims today that Barry Harris is one of the key influences in his career. Amaury completed his music education and performed in many venues in Canada, offering the audience what they want to hear and what he learned over the years at different schools, he attended and the private teachers he studied with. He continues performing, furthermore, re-arranging classics with his unique style and writing and fully producing his own music.