Trumpeter Kervin Barreto was born in GÜines, La Habana, Cuba, in 1982 to a family of musicians, and began to study classical trumpet at the age of 9, at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte Luis Casas Romero in Camaguey.
Subsequently, Kervin moved to Havana to continue musical studies at the prestigious National School for the Arts. Where he graduated in 2001.Since attending such Arts school and with the age of 17 years old, Kervin have had the great opportunity to start performing, recording and touring with some of Cuba and international most outstanding musicians, including: Jose Luis Quintana (Changuito), Tataguines, Cesar Portillo de la Luz, composer/conductor Grammy winner (La Rumba soy Yo)Joaquin Betancourt, Giraldo Piloto & Klimax, Muñequitos de Matanzas, Yoruba Andabo and Folklorico Nacional de Cuba.
3nd Prize in the 2003 Jo-Jazz International Jazz Solo Competition held in La Habana, Cuba. Upon his arrival in Toronto in 2003, Barreto has performed/recorded with such talented musicians including: Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Neil Swinson, David Virelles, Don Thompson, Norman Marshall, Pat La Barbara, Francisco Mela, Roberto Occhipinti, Rich Brown, Archie Alleyne, to name a few. Also, shared the stage with international figures such as Barry Harris, Hermeto Pascoal, composer/conductor Vince Mendoza, John Benitez, Steve Gad, Nicholas Payton, amongst others.
Recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Professional Development Grant 2010, to study trumpet and composition with professor Nicholas Payton, and the 2009 OAC Popular Music for Sound Recording; most recently, Kervin is involved in several upcoming projects including the CD Release of his first Solo Album Debut in titled “First Impulse” recorded in Toronto, 2009-2010 and supported by The Ontario Arts Council and the Music Section of the Canada Council for The Arts. For more information visit myspace.com/kervinbarretoquartet)