Gustavo is a pianist, composer, producer, educator and Latin Grammy winner. He is an active performer in the jazz and contemporary classical worlds, is active in the Tango world as a composer, pianist and educator, and has toured throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Central America and United States.
A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, he received the prestigious Organization of American States scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee,
he received the Professional Music Achievement award. In 1996, his composition Fragiltimer for the Past Future was named one of Berklee’s 10 best original compositions in last 30 years.
Gustavo was Bette Midler’s musical director for two years, as well as her accompanist and private teacher. He has performed and collaborated with such diverse artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Duvall, Mark Egan, Jane Ira Bloom, Neil Sedaka, Manolo Badrena, John Benitez, Federico Britos, Miguel Zenon, Avishai Cohen, Charlie Persip, Pedro Giraudo, Nestor Torres, Ray Vega and Héctor del Curto.
As an educator, Gustavo is a former director of the Jazz Department at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York City. He also lectures and leads master classes at the Juilliard School and is a faculty member at the Stowe Tango Music Festival in Vermont. He also taught at New York University, Yale, the University of Florida, University of Uruguay, Waldorf Schule (Austria) and Klagenfurt Music Conservatory (Aust
In 2012, Gustavo returned to Uruguay to participate in the series The Greatest Uruguayan Musicians. The Uruguayan newspaper El País described him as: “…one
of the best pianists our country has….” Other recognition includes the Con Edison Composers Residency Award and New Music USA Grant, both in 2013. In 2007, his Tango Casenave Show was officially declared “of national and cultural interest” by the Uruguayan Government.
His discography includes 11 albums as a bandleader. His most recent recordings are Conversations with Vladimir Stowe and Dual (2017) and Mi Familia and Global (2016). He has recorded with numerous artists on such labels as Baltic Records, Zoho Records, Fula Records, Kamikatze Records, Watchcraft Music and Green Parrot Records.
As a composer, he has composed and arranged more than 200 works. He composed the music for the 2007 film La Cascara and he won the Belgian Artistic Promotion at the Europe Jazz Contest in 1999.
Hailed by the New York Times as an “…exuberant [and] virtuosic…” Gustavo is a Steinway & Sons Artist.