Diego Ramirez


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Diego Ramirez Herrera was born in Mexico City. At age five he began piano lessons. He studied for ten years at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City; classes in piano and classical music with Maestros Jose Luis Arcaraz, Guillermo Salvador, Christina de la Vega,and jazz/harmony with Juan Millan. But Maestra Irina Lieberman, from Czechoslovakia,was who helped Diego develop his technique and musicality.

When Diego was twenty he had his first exposure to jazz and decided to become a jazz pianist and composer. Soon he was playing jazz with the original "Diego Ramirez Trio" in Cancun, in places such as Root's Jazz Club. Diego's music and compositions are influenced by his admiration for Mexican classical composers Silvestre Revueltas, Manuel M. Ponce, and Carlos Chavez. He was also influenced by improvisational musicians such as Miles Davis,and Leonard Bernstein, but it was Mayan music which gave birth to his original compositions.