Saxophonist and composer, Roberto Nieva, was born in Ávila, Spain. From an early age, he showed great interest in music. He always worried about his musical technique which led him to study at the Professional Conservatory of Music in his hometown. Years later, he moved to San Sebastian to complete his studies at the Higher Music Center of the Basque Country, Musikene. In addition to studying a master’s degree in Musical Research at the International University of Valencia, VIU. Outside of the academic framework, he has been able to study and receive master classes from musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Loren Stillman, Roman Filiu, Bob Mintzer or Immanuel Wilkins.
Throughout his career he has worked and shared the stage with musicians such as:Sullivan Fortner, Guillermo Klein, Tineke Postma, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Kris Davis, Jorge Rossy, Cuong Vu, Ingrid Laubrock, Marta Sanchez, Alain Pérez, Kirk MacDonald, Perico Sambeat, Javier Colina or Silvia Pérez Cruz. He is regularly in the Madrid’s music scene where he has worked with musicians such as: Bob Sands, Bobby Martinez, Miguel Blanco, Juanma Barroso, Jorge Vistel, Maikel Vistel, Reiner Elizarde “Negron”, Luis Guerra , Big Band Ap, CMQ Big Band or The Resistance Jazz Ensemble.
He has performed at various music festivals such as Jazzaldia, Canarias Jazz & Más, Lugo, Jazz Show Room, Madrid, Cádiz, Mirajazz, Talavera or Naturjazz. On a personal basis, Roberto Nieva has been awarded several recognitions. This young musician has been able to collect awards such as the best soloist award in the Jazz a Castelló contest in 2011, the best group award at the International Jazz Festival l’Herbe Anglet in 2012, a finalist in the Contest of Composition Jazz Energia i Sinergia of the University of Valencia in collaboration with Sedajazz, as well as finalist in editions 35 and 40 of the Young Groups Contest of the International Jazz Festival of Getxo and the best group award at the International Jazz Festival “Johnny Raducanu” in 2021. In addition he has toured to countries such as France, Switzerland, Malta, Austria, Holland, Romania and United States.
His solo career is currently focused on leading his own band which has recorded their first record Roberto Nieva as the leader. The album was released in 2019 which has been able to perform at the Madrid jazz festival, Lugo jazz festival, Bilbaina Jazz Club, Dazz or at the Madrid Complutense University, among others. He currently resides in Madrid after being part of the Focusyear band 2021. The Focusyear is a prestigiuos a one-year program for an internationally assembled ensemble of nine international musician, who will be coached in a regular cycle by acknowledged masters of the international Jazz scene such as Larry Granadier, Miguel Zenon, Linda May Han Oh, Lionel Loueke or Aaron Parks among others.