Omar Puente

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About Omar Puente

Classically-trained violin virtuoso with 40 years of professional experience. Can play pop, jazz or classical solo or to a backing track.
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Since studying at the Institute Superior of Art in Havana, Cuba, classically-trained violinist Omar Puente has continued to prove himself to be both a true virtuoso and a natural showman. Always found with a violin in his hand and a big smile on his face, Omar never fails to display his Latin flair whilst also reflecting a larger-than-life personality and fun, highly expressive approach to music-making. Over the years Omar has graced prestigious venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall as well as appearing on the BBC and several ITV channels. “Omar Puente’s contribution to 20th and 21st century violin playing has now become legendary. His generous nature, his commitment to good music, his enjoyment of life and his respect for his colleagues are all characteristics which make him a true violin great” - Nigel Kennedy

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Latin jazz, Jazz, Latin, Cuban music, Salsa, Originals, Classical
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Event types:
Corporate event, Private event, Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Charity event, Burns night, Cruise, Theatre / Show, Recording session, Concert, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Composer, Arranger, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Classical Themes:
Canon in D - Pachebel
Air on a G String - Bach
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Meditation from Thais - Massenet
Chiquilin De Bachin - Astor Piazzolla
Chanson Triste - Tchaikovsky
Theme from Berceuse - Faure
La Comparsita - Carlos Gardel
The Lark in The Clear Air - Cara Dillon
An der Schonen Blauen Donau - Johann Strauss II
Tango In San Telmo - Violin Globetrotters
La vedova Allegra - Franz Lehar
Movie Themes:
Singing In The Rain
James Bond
Over The Rainbow
West Side Story
The Wizard Of Oz
Pop Songs:
Can't Help Falling in Love with You - Elvis Presley
Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega
All My Life - K-Ci
Sway - Dean Martin
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Havana - Camila Cabello
La Isla Bonita - Madonna
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
My Way - Frank Sinatra
La Bamba - Los Lobos
All of Me - John Legend
I Won’t Give Up - Jason Mraz.
Heartbeats - José González.
Perfect - Ed Sheeran.
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran.
Halo - Beyoncé.
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri.
If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys.
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Despacito - Latinos Modernos
Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
September - Earth Wind and Fire
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Just The Two of Us - Bill Withers
Jazz Tunes:
My Funny Valentine
At Last
Fly Me To The Moon
Mack The Knife
Round Midnight
Autumn Leaves
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Ain't Misbehavin'
St Thomas
How High The Moon
Just Friends
Georgia on my Mind
I've Got You Under My Skin
It Don't Mean a Thing (If it ain't got that swing)
Take Five
Cheek to Cheek
Song for my Father
What a Wonderful World
Don’t get around much anymore
In a Sentimental Mood
The Girl from Ipanema
Body and Soul
Take the A Train
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People always love the energy that I bring to the stage and the way in which I communicate with the audience. I love sharing music so my shows are always filled with joy and happiness!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Throughout my professional career, which spans over 30 years, I have played at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, The Jazz Café, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall,

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I have been influenced by many artists for different reasons but my favourites would be Nigel Kennedy, Tito Puente and Buena Vista Social Club.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Playing with the incredible trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra is probably the highlight of my career so far.

Do you have different line-up options?

This page is just for solo violin bookings. If you are interested in booking a band I am available in a variety of line-ups via my other Encore page, Omar Puente Cuban Party Band:

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I will do what I can to accommodate any time changes, please let me know if there are any as soon as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

It will take around 30 minutes for me to set up.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes, I am very familiar with all of my repertoire so please feel free to request any of the tunes on my songlist!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

This depends on the size of the event, I am able to play fully acoustically or bring a small amplifier if the event is small enough. However, if it is a big party I will require access to a PA system.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, as long as I am given enough time I am very happy to learn pieces that are not on my songlist for a fee. Please enquire if you wish to make any requests.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£250
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£450


From customers:

Nigel K
8 years ago

Omar Puente’s contribution to 20th and 21st century violin playing has now become legendary. His generous nature, his commitment to good music, his enjoyment of life and his respect for his colleagues are all characteristics which make him a true violin great

Jazzwise M
8 years ago

"[Best Foot Forward] marks his graduation to a bandleader, arranger and composer to match the accomplished soloist”