Antonio “Tony” Succar (born 18 May 1986) is a Peruvian–American percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and producer.
Succar was born in Lima, Peru. When he was two years old his family emigrated to the US and settled in Miami, Florida. Among his relatives were a number of musicians who encouraged Succar to develop his own musical interests.
In addition, the family’s musical tradition began with his paternal great-grandparents, Mexican composer Lauro D. Uranga and Spanish flamenco dancer Adelina Esteve Gregory. Succar’s father Antonio F. Succar is a pianist and his mother Mimy Succar Tayrako Sakaguchi is a singer. Since he was 3 years old Tony started playing The Peruvian Cajon. And when Succar was 13, he began playing drums with his parents’ band when they performed at weddings and other private and corporate functions, mainly in Miami, Florida, USA.
As a college junior he took over as musical director of the family band, which he rebranded as Mixtura. Then on 21 September 2010, Succar released an album recorded at his graduate recital, a live concert featuring Mixtura at Miami’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center. This CD/DVD contains a mix of Latin-influenced arrangements of classic Jazz numbers and original material. It also received numerous positive reviews including Audiophile Audition and JazzChicago.
Then after graduating from FIU, Succar became an artist-in-residence there in 2012, continuing to work with the school’s music students on a number of projects. He is also the youngest artist ever to hold this appointment at FIU.
Furthermore, Tony Succar has also worked with a number of prominent artists in the Latin music genres. These include Tito Nieves, La India, Kevin Ceballo, Michael Stuart, Jon Secada, Jennifer Peña, Jean Rodriguez and Obie Bermúdez, who all collaborated with him on Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson.