Born in 1974 in Cuba, son of the famous cellist Juan Verdera and the singer Roxana Grimany, Juan Verdera started the cello at the age of 7 at the Academy Alejandro García
Caturla of La Havana. He took part in the Orchestra Young Talents of Cuba (Orquesta
Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil) under the direction of Elena Herrera and there, recorded the music of the movie “En Tres y Dos”. At the age of 9, he won the Amadeo Roldán’s
Provincial First Prize of cello and then the National First Prize, with the Distinction of
Cuban Music’s Best Interpretation. He also won several solfège First National Prizes through the years, while he pursued his studies at the National School of Art and at the
Academy Amadeo Roldán.
Very curious and always searching for new sounds, his creativity pushed him to start composing jazz and progressive rock when still a teenager. At the age of 16, he was leader, arranger and playing keyboards in the band Dinastia. He also played keyboards in the mythical progressive rock band Gens.
Juan then moved to Germany in 1997 where he founded the Juan Verdera Trio/Quartet Latin Jazz (here playing keyboards and cello) and a duo with the virtuoso guitarist Ramón Carriera. One year later, he moved to Spain and in Valencia, he founded a duo with Salvador Faust (double bass) which was transformed into a trio with the japanese guitarist Kimito Furukawa.
He founded, in the year of 2003, the jazz fusion band ZoneHT Project (a.k.a. Zona de Tolerancia) in Madrid, one of his most ambitious projects, here playing electric cello and composing all the songs. Between Madrid and Asturias, he was playing in some operas like La Triviata, Madama Butterfly and Rigoletto (Compañia Estudio Lírico) in the Orquesta Filarmónica Mediterránea. Now living in Brussels, he’s creating new projects and collaborating with other musicians.