For young Cuban musicians, graduating from Havana’s prestigious conservatory is a grand accomplishment. Unfortunately, it also usually means the end of their career, because few can afford to buy their own instruments and keep playing once they leave school. José Osvaldo, a talented young violinist who has practiced relentlessly since he was just four years old, was nearing that end when a nonprofit in New York and an exiled Cuban musician teamed up to ensure José could keep making music.
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Antoine Goldet is a French investigative reporter and video journalist based in NYC where he reports on the criminal justice system. He has interned at Libération and France 24’s UN bureau and freelances for The Marshall Project, Fusion, the Center for Investigative Reporting and PBS Frontline.
Maya Albanese is a multimedia correspondent, producer and film director covering women’s issues, technology, food, music and the arts, and Latin America. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, NBC Nightly News, TODAY Show, and Telemundo.