"Alexey was my student at Berklee Valencia. From the first moment I heard him I felt a great talent, that together with a huge passion, with no doubt would make him become a great musician he is now."
Alexey León Reyes is a saxophonist, flutist born in Manzanillo, Cuba.
Winner of the 1st prize at a young jazz musicians competition Jojazz, Havana, Cuba.
He represented the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music at the BT River of Music Festival, organized by the British Council playing in the Matthew Herbert Big Band during the celebration of the Olympic games in London in 2012.
He performed at Moscow International House of Music, The grand Hall
of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall as a member
of Gnesin Academic Big Band and Gnesin Saxophone Quartet.
In the spring of 2013, he received the Michel Camilo scholarship to attend the Master's program in Contemporary music at the Berklee College of Music, Campus of Valencia to study with the acclaimed musicians and educators
Perico Sambeat, Alain Pérez, Polo Ortí.
His debut album "Cuba meets Russia", released by the label Sedajazz, was chosen for the Spanish jazz show case Jazz eñe and was presented at the Rialto Theater in Valencia.
In 2017 Alexey released his album Alexey Leon Quintet "Cuban connection" featuring Perico Sambeat, Ivan "Melon" Lewis, Carlos Sarduy.
In 2018 Cuban connection was nominated to premio Carles Santos
"Mejor disco de Jazz", Valencia, España.
He performed with Perico Sambeat, Marc Miralta, Danilo Pérez and Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Jack Walrath, Oriente Lopez, Mauricio Zottarelli,
Alain Pérez, Javier ¨Caramelo de Cuba¨ Masso, Iván "Melón" Lewis,
and Carlos Sarduy among other musicians.
He performed at London BT River of music festival (UK), Amerfoort Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Madrid Jazz Festival (Spain),Terral (Malaga, Spain),
Valencia Jazz Festival (Spain), among others.
Alexey is currently living in Valencia and is active on the Spanish jazz scene.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2018 "Cuban connection" nominado al premio Carles Santos "Mejor disco de Jazz", Valencia, España
2017 1er premio en interpretación, XX Concurso de jóvenes jazzistas, JoJazz, la Habana, Cuba
2017 Best group prize, V Festival de Jazz Johnny Raducanu, Braila, Romania
2017 1er premio, Concurs Jazz Jove, XXI Festival de jazz del Palau de la música de Valencia, España
2016 Premio al Mejor Grupo, IV Concurso Portón del Jazz, Málaga, España
2015 Premio Juan Claudio Cifuentes "Mejor solista", el VI Concurso de Jazz UJI, Castellón, España
2015 Nominado al Jazz Eñe, SGAE, Valencia, España
2014 Michel Camilo Scholarship, Valencia, España
2013 1st prize for improvisation and best ensemble, Gnesin Jazz Fest, Moscow, Russia
2012 2º premio, VIII Competition of young improvisers, Rostov, Russia
2011 3er premio, the voice of saxophone in the modern world, Moscow, Russia
2010 2º premio, Jazz Competition XXI New Generation, Moscow, Russia
2009 1er premio, Modern Saxophone Competition, Cheboksary, Russia
2005-2008 Scholarship from ¨Our Culture and Heritage¨ foundation, Moscow, Russia