Honors & Awards
Latin GRAMMY® Nomination for Spain Forever with Flamenco guitarist Tomatito - "Best Instrumental Album"
Latin GRAMMY Award for What’s Up? - “Best Latin Jazz Album"
Appointed as 2009-2010 “Jazz Creative Director Chair” for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
GRAMMY Award for Live at the Blue Note - "Best Latin Jazz Album"
Latin GRAMMY Award for Rhapsody In Blue - “Best Classical Album”
Latin GRAMMY Award for Spain with Flamenco guitarist Tomatito - "Best Latin Jazz Album"
EMMY Award for The Goodwill Games Theme - “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Musical Composition/Direction”
GRAMMY Nomination for Spirit of the Moment - "Best Latin Jazz Album"
GRAMMY Nomination for Spain Again with Flamenco guitarist Tomatito - "Best Latin Jazz Album"
GRAMMY Nomination for Triangulo - "Best Jazz Instrumental Album"
GRAMMY Nomination for Hands of Rhythm with percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo - "Best Latin Jazz Album"
IX PREMIOS DE LA MUSICA Award for “Spain Again” with Tomatito - “Best Jazz Album”
III PREMIOS DE LA MUSICA Award for “Lorquiana-Poemas” - “Best Arranger”
Jazz Journalists Association Nomination for Triangulo - “Best Latin Jazz Album”
Billboard Latin Music Awards Nomination for Triangulo - “Best Latin Jazz Album”
Honored in 2008 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City - “Outstanding Dominican-American”
Honored at the 1992 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival
International Jazz Award from the Clearwater Jazz Festival
Knight of the Heraldic Order of Christopher Columbus from the Dominican Government
Silver Cross of the Order of Duarte, Sanchez & Mella from the Dominican Government
Orden al Mérito Ciudadano from the Dominican Consulate in New York City
CASANDRA Awards - “Best Artist Residing Abroad”, “Best Classical Composer” and “Best Classical
SOBERANO Award - by the Dominican Journalists Association
2004 Artist of the Year - by JazzWeek
Composition Grant from Meet The Composer
NYSCA Composition Grant from New York State Council for the Arts
National Symphony Orchestra commissioned his Piano Concerto No. 1
Tenerife Auditorium commissioned his “Piano Concerto No. 2 - Tenerife”
Katia and Marielle Labèque commissioned his Rhapsody for Two Pianos and Symphony Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra commissioned his Tango for Ten Pianos
Michel Camilo Piano Scholarship, created by The Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Berklee College of Music - Honorary Doctorate in Music
Michel Camilo Scholarship, created by Berklee College of Music.
Honorary degree from alma mater Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
Honorary degree from UTESA University of Santiago, Dominican Republic (the youngest person ever to receive the distinction)
Berklee College of Music - Herb Alpert Visiting Professorship