Yilian Canizares

Yilian Cañizares – Photo: Franck Socha

Anyone who has experienced Yilian Cañizares on the concert stage will never forget this impression. Here, the formative influences of her Cuban homeland are combined with her profound training as a violinist and her incredible stage presence. A delight for all the senses that literally sweeps the audience away.

As a violinist, singer and composer, Yilian toured for several years with Cuban jazz legends Chucho Valdés and Omar Sosa and regularly collaborates with renowned artists such as Michael League, Ibrahim Maalouf, Youn Sun Nah and Richard Bona.
In 2021 she was awarded the Swiss Music Prize. She was commissioned by the United Nations to write a composition for World Oceans Day. In the same year, she won the award for best album/artist at the prestigious Songlines Music Awards.
“My sound reflects the richness and mix of cultures that I carry within me today. It reflects what I am: a woman, Cuban, musician and citizen of the world”.

After a career spanning almost ten years, her constant desire to learn and reinvent herself led her to discover a region of the world she had always dreamed of: Bahia. Salvador de Bahia, the birthplace of Afro-Brazilian culture, represents the uniqueness of Brazil. Yilian’s new music was created in this environment. The exceptional artist worked there with. singers, poets, percussion masters, urban artists and guardians of the Bahia tradition.

Together with her musicians, Yilian Cañizares creates a unique and authentic sound: anchored in the heritage of Africa, with the percussive power of Cuba and Brazil, and yet with a modern, open-minded and multicultural view of the world. All outshone by the sensuality of her voice, her highly trained violin playing and her grandiose show.


“Without a doubt: this woman is an exceptional figure in Cuban music in the early 21st century. The violinist and singer has already earned credits alongside Chucho Valdes and Omar Sosa, but her music is at its most exciting when she presents herself as a solo artist.”
Jazzthing, DE

“On the CD ‘Erzulie’, named after a spirit being from Haitian voodoo, Cañizares defends her reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting voices in Latin America.”
Nürnberger Nachrichten, DE

“The voice of the Cuban singer and violinist from Havana is multi-faceted. With her wild violin and special voice, she sets festivals alight.”
Folkmagazin, DE

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Yilian Cañizares ‘HABANA-BAHIA’ (Official video)


Photos: Franck Socha