Born and raised New Yorker, Ron “Renaissance” Prokopez, began his professional musical career at the young age of 14 playing trombone in various clubs and venues throughout the city. It wasn’t long before his raw talent was recognized and afforded him opportunities to perform around the world and record with a number of artists including Kool & The Gang, Tito Rojas, Don Omar and Beanie Sigel, GLoria Estefan just to name a few.
After graduating from Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, he continued his musical studies at the Music Conservatory at SUNY Purchase earning a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Performance. Ron then continued to expand his curriculum as an artist and began studying salsa and mambo in New York. Ron’s unique style of infusing hip-hop, mambo and salsa have allowed him to stand apart from other dancers in the industry establishing him as an innovator in the NYC salsa scene. Which offered him the opportunity to appear in multiple music videos, TV shows and perform on stages around the world.
He currently teaches salsa classes in New York City and was feature in the New York Times Arts Section for dance and music in the same week in 2010.
Ron has continued broadening the scope of his artistry engaging in new endeavors over the past few years. In 2007 he became the lead singer, composer and lyricist of Lagond Music’s The Element. In 2009, Ron made his musical theater debut starring in “The Magic of the Salsa Kingdom” directed by Maria Torres where he was featured singing, dancing, acting, rapping and playing trombone. Which premiered in Southport, England.
Like any true artist, Ron has drawn inspiration from life experiences and his upbringing in the culturally rich neighborhood of Washington Heights. With his debut solo album featuring the vocal stylings of Ron. Hopes to share some of his story as a socially conscious lyricist along with his signature fusion of hip-hop, salsa, pop and Jazz. A genre of music he likes to call ELECTRO LATIN SOUL.