More than 30 years after the 12-year-old piano prodigy performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera and his manager wife recently brought the famed orchestra to the U.S. for the first time. The Cuban couple, who now call White Bear Lake home, soon will return to Cuba where Nachito will perform with and record an album with a jazz band they formed. They hope to bring the band for a U.S. tour next year.
The pianist, who has performed internationally and locally, has four albums of his own and has contributed to dozens more, and advises student musicians at a St. Paul music school. He’s won four Minnesota Music Awards and is a two-time Grammy nominee. Last winter he was the first Cuban musician to receive an American Heritage Award from the American Immigration Council.
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