Bio

Camila Cortina Bello is a pianist, music educator, musicologist and composer from Cuba. Born in Havana (1988), she studied Classical Piano and Theoretical subjects at Amadeo Roldan Conservatoire and later majored in Musicology with Summa Cum laude distinction at theHigher Institute of Arts (Havana, 2010). 

In 2007, Camila obtained the First Prize in Jojazz Contest in the category of jazz composition. One year after she was also involved as a composer in the audiovisual production of the documentary "Ciudad del Futuro" (City of Future), winner of the award to Young Producer and Best Edition in the festival of documentaries "Santiago Álvarez In Memoriam 2009". During her journey in Cuba she shared stage and collaborated with prestigious musicians such as Joaquín Betancourt and Bobby Carcasses. She was invited several times to perform at Jojazz Opening concerts and the Jazz Plaza Festival (2008). 

In 2010, Camila decided to move to Asia and perform as a pianist and music director of different international cover bands across Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. She also performed in Bali Jazz Festival in 2012, Singjazz 2017 (Singapore), Jazz by the Bay (Perth, 2017) and Borneo Jazz Festival (Borneo, 2018). She has shared stage with well-known international artists of the Singapore jazz scene like Richard Jackson, Christy Smith, Nicole Duffell, Erik Hardgroove among many others. Although from 2015 to mid 2018 she was more dedicated to teaching as a Master Trainer of Seimpi School of Music in Singapore, Camila worked actively as a Latin jazz pianist and also as a composer for audiovisual works mainly related to Cuban culture. 

In 2018 she was a recipient of Berklee World Tour full tuition Scholarship and relocated to Boston (USA) to further her career on the fields of performance and jazz composition. As a Berklee student, Camila performed in the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterrey (2019) as pianist of Sheila del Bosque's Trio and at Dizzy’s Club in NYC (2019) as part of a Berklee ensemble led by acclaimed jazz pianist Kris Davis. She has also performed actively as part of the Berklee Jazz Gender Justice Institute and has collaborated as orchestrator in some of the school most important productions like Aida Cuevas meets Berklee (2019) and Soundscapes of Spain (2020) featuring flamenco artists Ismael Fernandez and Sonia Olla. In March of 2020 she received the Duke Ellington Award from Berklee Jazz composition department and the Pianist/Composer award from the piano department (April, 2020) respectively.