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Friday, June 28, 2013 - 8:42 AM

[Artist Spotlight] Juan Carlos Melian

Juan Carlos Melian was born in Caracas, Venezuela. At the early age of 3 he showed his musical interest, "this child can spend hours playing on a milk jug“, as his grandmother recalls. Juan Carlos got his first drum set when he was 4 years old.

At 7 Juan Carlos started to play trumpet in the school band, and at 8 participated in the first child's' brass quintet in Venezuela, directed by Maestro Larry Fengher. Furthermore, he studied violin, cuatro (traditional Venezuela guitar) and flute. As such, he gains at a very early stage experience with live performances at places like Teatro Nacional, Teatro Minicipal de Caracas, Teatro Minicipal de Maracay, Teatro de Valencia, etc.

In 1984 Juan Carlos decided to be a professional musician bringing him to live in both New York City, Mexico and Madrid where he has lived since 1993. Throughout the career, Juan Carlos has played in recording sessions and live performance with top musicians around the world, and today his name appears in the credits from Grammy Award winners and multi-platinum selling artists such as Luis Miguel, Joan Manuel Serrat, George Benson, Joaquín Sabina, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, Marta Sánchez, just to name few.

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