Ricardo Ochoa and Gino Castillo with the Latin Jazz Band
RICARDO OCHOA was born in Venezuela as the son of guitarist Antonio Jose Ochoa. At the age of 15, he was accepted in the Venezuela Philharmonic, becoming the youngest professional musician in the orchestra. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. Ochoa studied at the Aaron Copeland School of Music in NY under Margaret Pardee and Daniel Philips and has a Masters degree in Music.
Ochoa is the founding member of the Gypsy Swing band Velvet Caravan. He has performed as a soloist with the Venezuelan Philharmonic, Amityville Symphony and Queens College Orchestra. Ochoa is fluent in Jazz and shares a profound passion for the art of Tango.
Jazz artist of the year City Paper Music Awards 2K winer
(2013 & 2014 )
Jazz artist of the year Independent Tone Awards 2K winer
(2015 & 2016)
Tour, Recording, Educator and Clinician Percussionist, Composer and Singer.
His Background included:
Honorary degree in percussion teaching, giving for George Gershwin Conservatory
Percussion studies in: Caturla Conservatory, Felix Varela Conservatory, and many private lesson Including several years of weekly sessions with Oscarito Valdes (Cuba)
Since then, his musical talent has been heard in many albums and live shows, as he has collaborated with many international artists, such as:
Earl Klugh, Al Turner, Michael Mossman, Quentin Baxter, Etienne Charles, Horacio el Negro Hernández, Oscarito Valdés, Eddie Venegas, Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charleston Smooth Jazz Orchestra, Lowcountry Latin Jazz Collective
Charleston Latin Jazz Collective, Jose Pepito Gomez, John Benítez,
Pascoal Meirelles, Paulo Moura, Alex Alvear, Jessy J, Zacai Curtis,
Ymelda Marie-Louisa, etc…
His Teaching experience included
Berklee College of Music International Network
Centro de Percusion latina GC
Conservatory George Gershwin and more than 200 Clinics with Sabian Cymbals and Pearl Drums.
Currently is Exclusively artist of Bophorus Cymbals, Pearl Percussion and Pro-Mark drum sticks