Richard Ortega

Grammy Award nominated and a graduate of the world-renowned Cuban Performing Arts institution ENA, Richard is a qualified educator and professional musician with vast experience in Cuba, Sweden and Australia working with children from pre-school, primary and secondary grades.

As well Richard is a professional musician, composer, arranger and band leader in Salsa, Funk, Latin Jazz and Big Band ensembles on trumpet, percussion, piano.

Employment history- He is an educator at Geko Music Academy- Curl Curl Sydney Australia (February 2019)

Instrumental Tutor: Brass, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, French horn, Strings: guitar, bass, ukulele. 

Private Tutoring- Stockholm Sweden (trumpet, piano 2008-2018).

Rikskonserten Educational concerts in schools (Oslo-Norway) 2014-2018.

He is a member of ensemble “Luison & Cuba” performing and presenting music education concerts K-12 students.

Orion Forskolan (School) Stockholm (Sweden) 2017 to present. (Kindergarten classroom music teacher).

Vargen forskolan (School) Stokholm (Sweden) 2016-2017

Kindergarten classroom music teacher. Brage forskolan (School) Sweden. 2013-2016, Kindergarten.

Juan B. Quintana Pre-School for disabled children.

Havana-Cuba classroom music teacher. 1996-1998. 

As a professional musician on trumpet and piano: Performed in many Salsa, funk, fusion, latin jazz, Afro-Cuban bands: 

Australia: Salsa Kingz, Aria award nominees Latino Fusion band “Tigramuna” 2018 to present. 

Sweden: La Jugada, Soneros All Stars 2008-2018. 

CUBA: Salsa Viva, Cole Cole, Sello L.A, Angelito Bonne, Salsa Brava, 2Ble Impacto, Azucar Negra, Maykel Blanco y Salsa Mayor 1995-2008.

Education:

Olu-Omsorgslyftet-Stockholm (Sweden) 2014. Diploma in early childhood education and care. 

Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA-Habana-Cuba) 1986-1990 (National School of Arte) 

Trumpet Graduate course included two rehearsals a week with The Cuban National Symphony Orchestra.

 Escuela Vocacional de Arte Juan Pablo Duarte Habana- Cuba, 1982-1986.

Main instrument Trumpet, second instrument piano.

Languages: Spanish fluent in both speech and writing, Swedish fluent in both speech and writing, English intermediate speaking level.

Richard is an extremely talented musician, a gifted composer, a humble teacher of children, particularly disabled children and a driven compassionate advocate for saving our environment.