César Correa is born in Trujillo, north of Peru, on 7 may 1975 and began to play piano at the age of 5 under his father’s direction, who is his first teacher, after pursuing his studies with private teachers and music schools. Between the age of 6 and 16 years, he participates in interschool music contests with his own school and will win the first place every year then. With 13 years, he already exerts plenty of professional musical activities with various local groups.
At the age of 18, César Correa leaves his country to go to Switzerland and will study at Bern Jazz School, as well as at the National Conservatory of Fribourg.
Soon, he integrates several Jazz formations, being produced through and throughout Europe, his most important collaboration being at the heart of the group The cuban power.
He’s 23 and his uncommon way of play, his inflection, kindness and humbleness leaves no one indifferent.
In 1996, he meets Alfredo de la Fe, the salsa violist, who will introduce him to a more relevant and international career.
His talent allows him to play for more than 2 years with Celia Cruz, the great cuban diva, as well as be noticed by Carlos Santana, who invites him to play on the stage at one of his concerts. Later, Eddy Palmieri will do the same, yielding to him his piano, fascinated by César Correa, whom he consider as his spiritual son.
He will play with the greatest artists of the latin music scene as Giovanni Hidalgo, José Alberto el Canario, Celia Cruz, Jimmy Bosch, and many others.
In 2001, he creates with other two musicians the european salsa orchestra Mercadonegro, Correa being the director, composer and arranger. Their group accompanies other great artist such as: Ismael Miranda, Charly Aponte, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Nieves, Cheo Feliciano, Albita Rodríguez, Isaac Delgado, Mayito Rivera, Charly Cardona, Wilson Manyoma, Adalberto Santiago, Willie González, Ray Sepulveda, Frankie Morales, Edy Montañez, Dave Valentín, Richie Ray, Yan Colla Yan, to mention just the most relevant ones.