Joan Soriano

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Joan Soriano
Birth name Juan Bienvenido Severino Soriano
Born (1972-02-23) February 23, 1972 (age 45)
Monte Plata, Dominican Republic
Genres Bachata, Latin
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, performance artist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1982–present
Labels iASO Records

Joan Soriano is a bachata singer and guitarist from the Dominican Republic. His style is a blend of modern with traditional bachata. Since the 1980s, Joan's guitar and arrangements have graced many hit bachatas by other artists, and since 2008, he has begun to make a name for himself internationally.[1]

Early life[edit]

Soriano was born the seventh of fifteen children. "Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back."[2] Soriano's guitar playing has the clean, feathery sound typical of bachata music. After Soriano mastered the style, he went into Santo Domingo and started working as a session musician.[3]


"El Duque de la Bachata, and La Familia Soriano were recorded live in Santo Domingo and NYC studios by iASO producer Benjamin de Menil.[4] The album El Duque de la Bachata won the best World Beat Album of 2011 at the Indie Acoustic Project awards.[4]


  • Me decidi (2015)
  • La Familia Soriano (2012)
  • El Duque de la Bachata (2010)
  • Rough Guide to Bachata (2006)
  • Afro Bachata (2005)
  • Vocales de amor (1998)
  • Joan Soriano aka El Duque en Pampers (1995)


  • The Duke of Bachata (2009)[5]
  • Santo Domingo Blues (2005)


  1. ^ "Joan Soriano: The Duke Of Bachata". NPR Music. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Joan Soriano". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Joan Soriano: The Duke Of Bachata". 12 October 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Joan Soriano". The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Legends of Bachata Documentary Feature". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 

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