Pablo Benavides

Pablo Benavides was born in Cali-Colombia where he grew up and had his first encounter with music. After many enriching experiences in his native city, he won a full scholarship to pursue a master in classical music performance at Texas Christian University. After finishing his studies at TCU he moved to Ohio to study a second master in Jazz performance at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he also worked as a teaching assistant.

Pablo started playing piano at the age of nine, at thirteen he picked up the trumpet. These two instruments have given him opportunities to play in many different types of bands. Among the different experiences he has had are, playing classical music as the second trumpet chair of the philharmonic of his home town Cali, playing jazz piano and trumpet extensively in Fort Worth Texas, and playing salsa, Latin Jazz, Brazilian music, and blues among other music styles with the best bands in Cincinnati. Music has also given him the opportunity to travel and play music in different parts of the world.

Currently, Pablo works as an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University, where he teaches the NKU Latin Jazz Ensemble, World Music classes and Jazz group piano. Pablo also holds the position musical director at Walton Christian Church, and teaches private piano lessons in the Greater Cincinnati Area.