Harpist, arranger, composer and producer with more than 19 years of experience, Leonard Jacome is one of the Venezuela's most prolific and accomplished harpists.
A true multi-instrumentalist, Jacome who took up cuatro, guitar and acoustic bass before finally found his calling and what he calls as “the owner of my life”, the Venezuelan harp, he formally started studying at Francisco J. Marciales Music School where he studied clarinet and then cuatro, musical theory and solfeggio in 1992.
He has numerous awards representing Venezuela abroad and has toured and performed throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa and Japan.In November 2008, Leonard represented Venezuela at the II World Harp Festival in Paraguay andhe released his first recording in 2009. Under the name Leonard Jácome & his cuerdas bajo presión Empírico, the harpist’s music is characterized for its exotic blend of rhythms, melodies and harmonies form around the world. From a loud joropo to a Paraguayan polka to an afro-Venezuelan drum with an African harp or even a smooth and passionate tango.
Leonard Jacome is now also the Head of the Venezuelan harp Cathedra for the National Orchestra System at Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music. In order to carry forward the education, evolution, research, understanding and spreading of the Venezuelan harp, he designed the first prototype of a Venezuelan electric harp with the help of the renowned harp French manufacturer CAMAC-HARPS. Among the many features, the instrument is made of carbon fibre. Leonard currently studies new ways and advanced harp-playing techniques in favour of the advancement of the instrument within the context of the various music of the world.