Nelson Gomez was born in Manizales,
Colombia where he began his music studies with Noel Salazar Giraldo.
At a very young age he formed several traditional Colombian music
groups. He travelled across Latin America and settled in Mexico
where he dedicated his time to research in ethnomusicology,
specialising in the music of Veracruz. He studied composition with
Juan A. Rosado and piano with Luis Mayagoitia at the U.N.A.M.
(Mexico’s National Autonomous University). There he founded the
group “Quimbaya” with Francisco Gonzalez in order to promulgate
traditional Latin American music.
Since 1982, he has lived in France.
He studied composition and analysis with Katori Makino and classical
guitar with Francis Verba at the Paul Dukas Conservatory of Paris.
He also studied musical arrangement and orchestra with Francois
Theberge, Jean Gobinet y Heriberto Paredes in the I.A.C.P. (Jazz
school of Paris). He has appeared in major festivals and concert
halls all over the world, and recorded CDs with Ricardo Sandoval,
the “Bacata Group” and the “Recoveco Group”.