Acclaimed by the critics, Josué Tacoronte, guitarist, composer and musical arranger was born in Havana, Cuba on October 17, 1977. He began his musical studies at the age of six with the piano teacher Antonio Penalver. At the age of ten, he enrolled in the Guillermo Tomas Conservatory of Guanabacoa, receiving his first formal classical guitar lessons by Rosario Castro. He continued his higher guitar education at the Amadeo Roldán National Conservatory graduating in 1996, under the tuition of professor Roberto Kessel.
As a student he won four national contests at the Amadeo Roldán National Conservatory and received the first place for Best Interpretation at the Guillermo Tomas Contest. Since then he achieved a highly successful performance career.
In 1997 he ventured out into playing Spanish flamenco guitar working as a composer, music director and musical arranger at the Spanish Ballet of Cuba, and Aires Flamenco Company in Havana, Cuba; also In Mexico, with the Ballet Español Proart (2001-2010), Cale Bari, and Mexico Flamenco (2011-2013). During this time he attended a number of master classes both in Mexico and abroad with outstanding teachers such as Leo Brouwer, Jesus Ortega, Sergio Morales, Esteban Campuzano, Jorge Luis Garcel, Jorge Luis Zamora, David Russell and Costa Coscioli, as well as flamenco guitarists Antonio Rodriguez, Pedro Sierra, Paco Jarana, Jesus Torres, José Luís Rodriguez, Eduardo Rebollar, Pedro Sanchez and Antonio Rey.
One of his most important musical achievements has been his consistent contribution on research, musical arrangements, performance and recording of the Cuban guitar repertoire that includes pieces by composers such as Leo Brouwer, Ernesto Lecuona, amongst others, crossing over into other genres such as flamenco without losing Cuban essence.
In 2007 he recorded his first album “Josué Tacoronte y Skpao” with original music that took him back to performing again in Cuba. In 2010 he released his second album “Mexico Flamenco “. And in 2012 he recorded “Brouwer Flamenco” produced by Leo Brouwer itself and for which he was awarded “Best Concert Interpreter” at the International Festival CUBADISCO Awards, in May 2013.
He has given several guitar recitals in different concert halls and main theaters of Cuba. His performances have also taken him to countries such as Spain, Morocco, France, Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico. He has performed at Leo Brouwer International Festival of Chamber Music (2012-2013), Havana´s International Book Fair (2013), Dominican Republic International Book Fair (2013), International Guitar Festival of Lima- Peru (2012), International Guitar Festival of Arequipa (2012), IX CUBADISCO Festival (2013), International Guitar Festival of Paracho (2013), Iberica Contemporanea (1st, 2nd, 3rd editions), Festival Internacional Cervantino (2008), Zacatecas International Music Festival (2008), International Guitar Festival of Zihuatanejo (2013), International Guitar Festival of Puebla (2012), International Guitar Festival of Ensenada, Mexico (2013).
As a soloist, he has performed in Cuba with the Havana Youth Orchestra and in Mexico with the Queretaro Philharmonic under the baton of directors Jorge Lopez Marin and Esperanza De Velasco.
He has shared the stage with main artists of different backgrounds and genres such as: Niurka Gonzalez, Edwin Vichot, Manolo del Valle, Liuba Maria Hevia, Adrian Lopez Nussa, Compañía de Danza Contemporánea “Retazos”, Havana Compas, Conjunto Folklorico Nacional (Cuba) Ruben Gonzalez (Cuba – Dominican Rep.), Silfredo Perez, Jose Luis Lara (Venezuela), Carlos Piñana, Joaquin Grilo, Diego Garcia, Manolo Marin, Ignacio Perez (Spain), Diego Castro (Argentina), Arina Burceva (Ukraine), Paul Pigat (Canada) David Bedoya (Colombia) amongst others; and has taken part in recordings by Liuba María Hevia (Iluminame), La Boquita (Puntos suspensivos), Ragazzi (Que quede claro), Rosa Rodriguez (Alegría) etc.
Tacoronte has been a member of the jury in several international guitar competitions and has given a number of workshops and master classes in several International Guitar Festivals, Music Universities and Conservatories.
He performed as a guitar instructor at Centro Proart (2001-2010), Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Querétaro (2003- 2004) and currently performs at the Ensamble Music and Dance Academy as Director. He founded the Cultural-Ensamble Festival in Queretaro, México, now on its fourth edition.
He is an active member of The National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and the Cuban Association of Musical Author’s rights (SGAE).