Music Photography

Maite Hontelé – Latin Grammy Trumpeter

Maite Hontelé, a Dutch-Columbian, Latin Grammy winner and trumpeter, celebrates life and the Carribean spirit…

Paard van Troje / 04 June 2015

To herald the coming of summer, Dutch trumpeter Maite Hontelé brought the spicy Columbian spirit with her to the Paard van Troje. She cut a dashing figure as she played to a full house of salsa dancers, many of whom were Columbians living in Holland. That night, a piece of home was brought to them. Lively and celebratory, sometimes soul-searching, her music captures the essence of the Latin spirit.

Born in Utrecht, to aficionados of Latin music, she began playing the trumpet at nine, and later went on to study at the Rotterdam Conservatory. She moved to Medellín, Columbia, to pursue her dreams and play alongside the best musicians in the genre. At 23, she went on tour with the Buena Vista Social Club.

Hers is a powerful, elegant female voice, in an industry dominated by men. With her trumpet, Maite Hontelé and her band give classic Latin tunes a new jive.