The German Uruguayan drummer Diego Pinera was born and raised in Montevideo (Uruguay). Because of his German roots he now lives in Germany since many years ago. He studied drumming at the Berklee College of Music (USA), at the University of Music in Havana (Cuba) and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig (Germany). He was taught by renowned musicians such as Danilo Perez, Bob Moses, Jose Luis Quintana ‘Changuito’ and Kenwood Denard.
Back in Uruguay he founded the “Diego Pinera Trio” and recorded the CD “Buscando” with the “Perro Andaluz” label. He eventually returned to Germany and founded a quartett in Berlin, which firstly recorded the album “Reflexions feat. Tony Lakatos”. In 2014 amidst the “Jazz Things Next Generation series” the quartett´s second album “Strange Ways” was published. Pinera recorded his latest CD in New York in January 2015 with the collaborations of Mark Turner and Ben Street. In April 2016 he went on tour accompanied by the wonderful saxophonist Donny McCaslin and the talented bass player Phil Donkin.
He played further as sideman with musicians like Jerry Bergonzi, Danilo Perez, Hans Glawischnig, Dan Tepfer, Alex Sipiagin, Miguel Zenon, Wilson de Oliveira, Tony Lakatos, Nene Vazquez, Joe Gallardo, Katja Riemann, Nils Wogram and Paul Brody.
Not only in the year 2015 but also in 2017 Diego Pinera was nominated to the “ECHO” jazz price as “best instrumentalist of the year” in the category of drums/percussion.