Chart topping pianist/composer/arranger and Billboard and Emmy-nominee Arthur Hanlon is the single most recognizable name in Latin instrumental music today. Born in Detroit to Irish American parents, Hanlon found his calling in Latin music and has done what no one else has accomplished in Latin instrumental music, becoming the only pianist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Latin charts and the only pianist to hit Billboard’s Latin Airplay charts in over a decade. A virtuoso with a master’s degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music, Hanlon plays a distinctive blend of Detroit street, classical virtuosity and Latin beats and he has recorded and performed with superstars like Laura Pausini, Marc Anthony, Juanes, Luis Fonsi, Myriam Hernandez, Sergio Vallín and Ricardo Montaner.
Arthur’s latest release is the groundbreaking “Encanto del Caribe: Arthur Hanlon & Friends,” recorded live at 500-year-old Castillo San Cristobal in Puerto Rico, a US National Monument that for the first time ever allowed filming inside its walls. Featuring Arthur on his signature 9-foot blue piano, Encanto del Caribe features guest artists Marc Anthony, Italian superstar Laura Pausini, New York Yankee and guitar virtuoso Bernie Williams, Puerto Rican legend Cheo Feliciano, Grammy-winning Spanish diva Natalia Jiménez and rising Puerto Rican star Ana Isabelle. “Encanto del Caribe” which features a 40-piece orchestra as well as legions of dancers, acrobats and performers on stage, is airing on public television stations across the country and the deluxe CD/DVD “Encanto del Caribe,” out on Universal Music Latino, spent over eight weeks on the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. Highlights include Marc Anthony singing Puerto Rican classic “En Mi Viejo San Juan,” Cheo Feliciano and Bernie Williams on Feliciano’s signature track, “El Ratón,” Natalia Jiménez on first radio single “Historia de un Amor,” Laura Pausini on the piano-voice duet “Prendo Te” and Ana Isabelle on a bilingual version of “La Cumparsita.”
“Encanto del Caribe is a celebration of the convergence of cultures,” says Arthur, who co-produced the album with Julio Reyes-Copello. “It really shows that there are no divisions in music, it’s not black and white, and that as artists we can all come together to perform music from anywhere in the world.”
A Universal Music Latino recording artist, Arthur is the only instrumentalist currently signed to a major Latin label.