Pianist, composer and educator Roberto Verastegui (b.1988, Monterrey, Mexico) is appearing in the international jazz scene as one of the most exciting young musicians in the last years. A recent graduate from the University of North Texas, Roberto has performed and toured with many different groups in Asia, Europe and the American Continent, in Stages such as the Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, USA), Saenger Theater (Pensacola, USA), the Jazz Bakery (Los Angeles, USA), Anshan Concert Hall (Anshan, China), Shanghai Concert Hall (Shanghai, China), George-house (Hitachi, Japan), Fringe Club (Hong Kong), Cafe Iguana (Monterrey, Mexico) and festivals such as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Addison Jazz Festival, Folsom Jazz Festival, Lewisville Lake Symphony International Chamber Series, and Shanghai World Expo.
During his degree completion at the University, Roberto played and recorded with many of the top ensembles, including the One O'clock Lab Band (Lab 2010), Two O'clock Lab Band (Too Two, Denton Texas Jazz Giant) and the Zebras (Flamenco Jazz Project), as well as getting the opportunity to perform with guest artists like Lyle Mays, Jimmy Cobb, Ingrid Jensen, Michael Formanek, Billy Hart and Curtis Fuller. While in school, he stayed busy as a versatile freelance musician in the DFW area, working and/or recording regularly with world class musicians like Li Xiaochuan, Stockton Helbing, Nadia Washington, Evan Weiss, Tommy Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Adonis Rose, Quamon Fowler and Jason Thomas, and touring the world on the breaks from school, with bands like Nobody's Business, YT little D, Li Xiaochuan's Group and Roberto's own projects.
Roberto Verastegui began playing the piano at the age of 8, picking up melodies by ear and learning tunes from his father (Roberto Verastegui Rdz). His father's bolero collection marked Roberto's ears giving him a starting point to the developing of his love for harmony. He began playing gigs at 10, playing boleros and commercial music, touring around Mexico. At age 13 Roberto discovered latin and contemporary jazz and began listening to Chick Corea and Bill Evans records. He began his classical piano studies when he was 15 and studied with Roxana Rodriguez, Teresa Tamez and Amalia de Leon and studied harmony and counterpoint with Patricio Gomez Junco. During his high school years he got involved in musical theater, pop and regional music groups, and quickly broke into the Monterrey jazz scene playing in many latin jazz and traditional jazz combos. In this period of time he toured France and Portugal with the group Raices PrepaTec. Through these years Roberto learned to play many instruments by himself, including Accordion, Guitar, Marimba, Vibes, Vihuela and Percussion.