Astor Piazzolla

The concert will be held in Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall at 19:00


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Gevorg GASPARYAN Accordeon
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Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Astor Piazzolla, a virtuoso on the bandoneon, is credited as the creator of modern tango.

Was born in 1921 in Mar del Plata, Argentina. In 1924 Piazzolla and his parents moved to New York, where in 1929 he discovered the bandoneon (square built button accordion). In 1932 he composed his first tango, 'La catinga'.

Piazzolla returned to Mar del Plata, where, in 1936, he began to take part in local groups and even lead one. In 1938, Piazzolla moved to Buenos Aires. After cutting his teeth with various orchestras in Buenos Aires, Piazzolla formed his own orchestra in 1946, but still felt restricted by the traditional standards of the genre.

In the early 1950s as composer Piazzolla was concentrated on classical music. To further his classical learnings, in 1954 he moved to France through a scholarship granted by the Paris Conservatory. He studied under the renowned musicologist Nadia Boulanger who encouraged Piazzolla to develop further experiments with tango and bandoneon.

Piazzolla recorded some of his compositions in Paris in 1955 with the strings of the Paris Opera Orchestra, Martial Solal on piano and Piazzolla himself on bandoneon.

Back in Argentina Piazzolla tried to put his ideas into practice, but met extreme hostility. Thoroughly disillusioned, he returned to New York in 1956.

On his return to Buenos Aires in 1960 Piazzolla put together his most innovative and important band, the five-piece Quinteto Nuevo Tango (bandoneon, piano, violin, electric guitar and double bass). For a brief period in 1963 he experimented with Nuevo Octeto (7 flute, percussion and voice added to the quintet). Towards the end of his life, Piazzolla formed a sextet, where he added a second bandoneon to the quintet and replaced the violin by cello.

Astor Piazzolla has flooded the music market with dozens of CDs from both studio and live performances. Piazzolla plays his own compositions, often trying different variations of the same musical idea. Astor Piazzolla has left an extraordinary repertoire of music - instrumental tangos, tango songs, film music, pieces for guitar or flute, chamber and orchestral music.

The concert will be held in Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall at 19:00
Sunday, April 11, 2004