Omar Puente

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About Omar Puente

International violin virtuoso playing Cuban/Jazz/Pop/Classical. A unique Cuban experience guaranteed to make your party unforgettable!
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“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 With an international repertoire of Cuban dance music, Ballads, Jazz standards and Chachacha, Omar Puente will take you and your guests to the Caribbean with the joy of music and the flavour of a Cuban mojito. Expect to dance the night away Buena Vista Social Club style! 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, also The North Sea Jazz Festival, Latin Jazz Festival Central Park in New York, tour in Japan blue note, Cruise in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, The hard rock cafe Philippines. Winter Festival in Finland, The New Morning France, Teatro Colon Bogota, among many others.

Omar Puente's Reviews

From customers:

Nigel K
9 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
9 years ago

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

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Omar Puente's Song list

***Any song from the Cuban
and Latin American repertoire***
Besame mucho
Dos gardenias
Lagrimas negras
Quizas, quizas, quizs
Quien sera
La Pollera
Moliendo cafe
Cuarto de Tula
La Bamba
Oye como va
Son de la Loma
La Bamba
Capullito de Alelli
Piel canela
Veinte años
Sabor a mi
Como fue
El Bodeguero
La Piragua
Oye como va
Tico Tico No Fuba
La Comparsita
Classical Themes:
***Any Request ***
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
Csardas Vittorio Monti
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:
Example Set List:
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
Vivir la vida Mark Anthony
Hero Enrique Iglesias
It is Love Bob Marley
Let it Be
La Isla Bonita - Madonna
Valio la Pena Mark Anthony
Palla Voy Mark Anthony
My Way
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

Omar Puente's Prices

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
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.
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