Donald Vega was trained classically in piano in his native Nicaragua. He emigrated to the United
States at age 14 and found a musical home with the Colburn School of Performing Arts. He began his
studies there in classical piano with Teresa de Jong Pombo and Dr. Louis Lepley. Vega began learning
the language of jazz from mentor Billy Higgins at The World Stage and continued at CSPA with Jeffrey
Lavner, then later with bassist John Clayton at the University of Southern California. He went on to
graduate from Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School where he studied with piano great,
Kenny Barron. Vega currently performs internationally as the pianist for world renowned bassist Ron
Carter’s Golden Striker Trio. Mr. Vega also sits on the board of BackCountry Jazz, a non-profit
organization which provides music education programs and performances to under privileged youth.
Vega’s debut album, Tomorrows, was released in 2008 to rave reviews. In his sophomore album,
Spiritual Nature (Resonance Records, 2012), he was joined by the regal rhythm tandem of bassist
Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash. Vega's teams up again with Lewis Nash on his latest
album, With Respect to Monty, (Resonance Records, 2015). Joining Vega and Nash is the great bassist
and former Monty Alexander band member, Hassan Shakur and long time friend and grammynominated
artist, Anthony Wilson on guitar. To learn more, please visit: www.donaldvega.com.