Ivanna Cuesta Gonzalez
Ivanna is a drummer, composer and arranger from the Dominican Republic. She began her studies in Music at the age of 12, and learned classical percussion while she was in high school. In 2009 she entered the National Conservatory of Music and studied with Professor Rafael Díaz while also taking classes in composition with professors Javier Vargas, and Antonio Brito.
Ivanna has had the opportunity to play and be part of different groups in the Dominican Republic such as Carijazz, Gustavo Rodriguez Trio, Javier Vargas, Atre, The Great Band of the Conservatory of Music, Ejazzson, and many more. She has also been part of the Dominican Jazz Festival in Cabarete (2014 and 2015), Musical High School Music On Stage (2009), the Soberano Awards 2015 (Big Band and Urban performances), Santo Domingo Jazz Festival Casa de Teatro ( 2014), and Stella Artois Fest (2015), in addition to recording with personalities like Gustavo Rodriguez. Ivanna received a scholarship from the Berklee Five-Year Summer Program at Berklee On the Road 2015, and in the same year she won a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music where she is currently pursuing a dual major in Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production.
Ivanna has had the opportunity to play in different concerts at Berklee including Women in Jazz - Black Gold Edition, Harry Potter at the BPC, Divas Latinas, Women Musician’s Network, as well as with artists such as Leo Blanco (at Regatta Bar), and Nando Michelin quartet. She has also studied with Neal Smith, Henrique de Almeida, and many others.