Maxi Caballero (Bullas, Murcia, 1992) is a guitar player, composer and teacher. In May 2018 Maxi Caballero was awarded with a full grant from the internationally recognize Fulbright Foundation to starts a new stage both artistic and vital moving to New York to study the Master in Jazz Performance at the prestigious Queens College. . There he learn from top level musicians as Mike Moreno, David Berkman, Antonio Hart, Paul Bollenback, Tim Armacost, Michael Mossman, etc.
Graduated in Jazz-Guitar in the Conservatory Superior del Liceu, Barcelona. In 2018 he become the winner of the first prize at 'VI International Contest Portón del Jazz' of Alhaurín de la Torre (Málaga) and in 2016 he won also the 'IV edición del Certamen Internacional Jazz Joven de Talavera de la Reina' (Young Jazz International Contest). Maxi has participated in many concerts and festival with different groups and projects, among which is worth mentioning the cycles "Festival de Jazz Ciudad de Talavera' (2018), “Festival de Jazz de Cartagena' (Cartagena, 2017)”, “La Mar de Músicas (Cartagena, 2017)”, ”Music als Parcs" (Barcelona, 2016), 'Festival de Jazz de Calatayud' (2015), 'Festival de Jazz de Estadilla' (2014), 'JazzFermín' (Pamplona, 2013), 'Festival de Jazz de Bullas' (2012), etc.
In December 2017 he recorded and released his debut album as a leader: ‘Maxi Caballero - I could see for miles’, his most ambitious project, in which he is composer and guitar player. In a small group compounded by guitar, drums, and bass, the musician explores the sounds offered by numerous influences from the most contemporary jazz, rock, pop, singer-songwriters, or electronic music. This is how the tracks mature and flourish, tracks that compose a fresh and original repertoire that moves in an organic way among slow times and tracks full of energy that make you vibrate.
Active musician that is an active part of many projects in the contemporary creative music scene in New York and Spain.
Maxi was born in Bullas (Murcia) in 1992. He started to play the guitar at the age of 15 years old and studying in the Modern Music school of his home town, which is in charge of teachers like Francisco Javier Molina and Pedro Vázquez. With them he took lessons of Harmony, Auditory Education, Instrument, Musical Language, Improvisation workshops, Big Band and Combo.
In 2012 he started his studies in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra (Higher Conservatory of Music in Navarra), where he had teachers as Luis Giménez, Iñaki Askunze, Javier Olabarrieta, Juan Manuel Urriza, Iván Sanmiguel, Renato Perticci, Alberto Arteta, José Barrio, Mikel Andueza, Alonso Martínez, Mauro Urriza, Marcelo Escrich… He participated there in many proyects, playing from the most classic Jazz to the most contemporary.
In 2015, he moved his academic record to the Conservatori del Liceu, Barcelona. In this way, he gives lessons and learn from teachers as Dani Pérez, David Soler, Jon Robles, Victor de Diego, Giulia Valle or Roger Mas. It is there where Maxi graduated with honors in May 2016 playing his own project, Maxi Caballero 4tet, in the Auditori del Liceu, Barcelona.
He also has participated assiduously in Jam Sessions, courses and master clases given by Lage Lund, Will Vinson, Joachen Rueckert, Rick Rosatto, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ambrose Akinmusire, Harish Raghavan, Sam Harris, Antonio Sánchez, David Virelles, Bela Fleck, Justin Brown, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Clarence Penn, Chucho Valdés, Danilo Perez, la big band de Maria Schneidder, Javier Colina, Perico Sambeat, Michael Laurent, Jordi Matas, Borja Barrueta, Martin Leiton, Bob Sands, Andrés Olaegui, Pepe Bao, Juan de la Oliva, Jurak Stanik, Anton Drukker, Dick Verbeeck, Patxi Valverde, Kim Plainfield, Antonio Gómez, etc.