Argentina born and NY based pianist Emilio Solla got his degree in Classical Piano at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires and his MA in Jazz Composition at the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York. He continued to study composition, arranging, counterpoint, improvisation and conducting in Buenos Aires, Barcelona and New York.
Solla moved to Barcelona in 1996, and to New York in 2006, always in search of personal and artistic growth. Since in New York, he has composed for, arranged for and performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill, Edmar Castañeda and Pablo Aslan, among many others, besides performing with his quintet Bien Sur! in some of the main venues in town, like the Jazz Standard, Blue Note and Dizzie’s, featuring Chris Cheek, Victor Prieto, Jorge Roeder and Ziv Ravitz. Former members of this band include Donny Mc Caslin and Jeff Ballard. This quintet has released its first CD, Bien Sur! (Fresh Sound, 2010), with special guest Billy Hart to outstanding reviews.
He continues to tour Europe twice a year with Emilio Solla & Afines. Since November 2010, he is leading a nine piece orchestra, La Inestable de Brooklyn, featuring some of the strongest jazz players in NYC, whose first CD, Second Half, has just been released. In November 2014 Solla’s first symphonic work had its world premiere at the Palau de la Musica, during the Barcelona Jazz Festival, featuring soloist Cristina Pato, with future concerts at the Chicago Symphony Hall and Rutgers University in 2015.