Yerevan International Tango Festival begins on the 29th April 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

With the support of Ministry of Culture of Armenia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of Argentina, the Mezzo Productions and Cadence Music Centre in collaboration with the Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan start the Yerevan International Tango Festival on the 29th April 2011 with the concert to take place at the Yerevan Opera House with participation of Argentine conductor Facundo Agudin, bandoneionist Marcelo Nisinman, pianist Armen Babakhanian and bassoonist Shmavon Grigoryan to be accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Armenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre FACUNDO AGUDIN, Conductor Facundo Agudin was born in Buenos Aires in 1971. After his complete conducting programme at the Universidad Catolica Argentina (1990-1996; Bachelor and Master degrees), he undertook postgrade studies in Historical Composition at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (1996-2000) as well as voice studies by Dennis Hall and Jeanne Roth. Agudin is Artistic Director of swiss concert series Musique des Lumières and Opera Obliqua, and holds the position of Music Director at OSJ Orchestre Symphonique du Jura. He was co-founder of Fstival Stand'Eté and Neue Opern Projekte Basel. He sang as a baritone for the Schweizer Kammerchor (Tonhalle Zürich) since its foundation in 1997 until 2000. Through the close contact with world-class artists such as Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Armin Jordan, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Valery Gergiev or Gennadii Roshdestwenskii, this experience revealed itself as a extraordinary significant in Agudin's development as a conductor. Agudin was granted 1 st prize at Colin Metters seminar (St Petersbourg Symhony Orchestra, 2007). He has been invited by Kislovodsk Philharmonic (2007), SOB Sinfonieorchester Biel (07-08-10), Festival Prague Premieres-Czech Philharmonic (2008), Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires – Teatro Colon (2008), and was Principal Guest Conductor at Armenian National Opera (2006-2009). He has conducted the State Opera Orchestra of Armenia, St Petersbourg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra CRT Torino, Sinfonica Aosta, Orchestra Classica Italiana, European Union Chorus, Basel Sinfonietta. Among his latest operatic productions we may count Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberfloete, Un Tango pour Monsieur Lautrec. He has conducted a number of world-premiere performances: two large works by Andreas Pflüger : Der schwarze Mozart (opera, Basel, 2006) and Double Concerto for bandoneon and cembalo (Prague, 2008) ; 3 symphonic works by Christian Giger (Ange, Les illusions de la chamber bleue, Un r'eve de silence) ; Jaqueline Fontyn's “Capricorn”, Concerto for percussion and chamber orchestra and Stochl's Double Concerto for clarinet and vibraphone (Prague, 2008) ; world premiere of Christian Favre's “Requiem”, in coproduction with Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires (Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Orfeón de Buenos Aires, 2008). In Switzerland, and in collaboration with Opera Obliqua company, Agudin has lead several stage programmes for young voices, such as Dido and Aeneas, The Fairy Queen, Johannespassion. Under Agudin's baton, OSJ Orchestre Symphonique du Jura has become one of the leading orchestras of north-western Switzerland. Since 2008, Agudin has managed to intensify the symphonic and operatic developments on the French-Swiss area (Franche-Comté, Jura, Bern) by setting a bi-national cooperation plan. The programme has the support of both Jura and Bern cantons, the Conseil Général Belfort, and the Conseil Régional de Franche-Comté. This young coproduction network includes OSJ Orchestre Symphonique du Jura, Orchestre de Besançon Franche-Comté, Musique des Lumières, Scène Nationale de Belfort, Théâtre Musical de Besançon, Théâtre du Passage Neuchâtel, Le Salon de Musique, Théâtre de l'Heure Bleue (La Chaux-de-Fonds), Société Internationale Franz Schreker Paris. Agudin is a member of « Forum des 100 personnalités de Suisse Romande » (L'Hebdo-Ringier) and was invited to join the group “Personnalités Fair Play de Suisse”, held by Swiss national Radio-TV (RSR-TSR). Together with Laurent Gerber (Stage Manager at Teatro alla Scala) and Jean-Louis Porchet (film producer, CAB Productions), Agudin directs the project « Human Nature », a live symphonic film on the transformation of energy, with the support of ProHelvetia Foundation and BKW FMB company. Along with his engagements at OSJ Orchestre Symphonique du Jura 2009-10 season, Agudin is invited to conduct in Porto - Orquestra do Norte (Rimski-Korsakov, Terterian, Stravinsky) ; Filarmonica de Buenos Aires (Stravinsky's Firebird), Erevan – Armenian National Opera (Don Giovanni) ; Podium Düdingen-Freiburg (CH). He will also conduct the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina and Hanseatic Chamber Orchestra Gdansk; in 2011 he'll be guest conductor at Malta Philharmonic and Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. The Théâtre Musical de Besançon hosts Agudin in March 2010 to undertake Bourge's production of Cosi fan tutte, together with Orchestre Besançon Franche Comté. In July 2010 Agudin appears as guest at nowadays South America's leading Teatro Argentino de La Plata for a new production of Handel's Giulio Cesare. In September 2010 Agudin conducts 1st performances of Simon Mayr's "Lodoiska" (concert version) at the presentation of the new edition by Ricordi Universal, with the Czech Philharmonic Choir and Munich Radio Orchestra. Agudin has recently been appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Patagonia Symphony, by Rio Negro National University (Argentina) in association with Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires. MARCELO NISINMAN, Bandoneon Born 1970 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nisinman is an international composer and master performer of bandoneon. He currently resides in Basel, Switzerland and takes actively part in the international music/tango scene. Studies of Bandoneon with Julio Pane, counterpoint and harmony with Guillermo Graetzer (pupil of Paul Hindemith) in Buenos Aires. He has also completed his Composition studies with Detlev Müller-Siemens in Basel. Today, however, expands through a large variation of different art situations via his personal, provocative and particular style of breaking with the traditional "rules" of the "Musica From his Bandoneon solos, and through a diversity of different formations, such as String Quartets, Chamber Ensembles, Symphonic Bands, and Symphonic Orchestras (see Compositions on the web), this rich, ironic and complex new "Tango" music awakes and multiplies a phenomenal quantity of deep sensations: from meditative and introspective inside looking to ecstasy and extreme excitement. Besides as a composer of Chamber, Symphonic works and other different pieces for smaller Ensembles, he has written and performed the World Premiere of his Chamber Tango Opera "Se Retorcimientos", performed in January 2004 in Basel, Switzerland. 
 Nisinman's CD, "Tango", was recorded with the Danish group "Tango Orkestret". He also wrote and recorded all the music for the CD "Nacar" with the Mayo Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Pedro I. Calderon. Marcelo Nisinman, as renown bandoneon soloist, performed with Gidon Kremer, Gary Burton, Fernando Suarez Paz, The Assad Brothers, and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit, among others. He was a Composer in Residence in Oxford Chamber Music Festival in 2008 and has been invited as Composer and Performer in the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival Finland 2009, as well as in Sonoro Festival in Bucharest 2007 and 2008. He has performed as a soloist with the WDR Big Band 2007, conducted by Vince Mendoza, also as a Soloist with Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra as well as with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgrad. Together with Chen Halevi, he has performed the premiere of his own Composition "Chen's Tango" in Trossingen, Germany. Among his latest important vocal works, it is to be mentioned the recording of "Desvios", with the text of Carlos * * * Marcelo Nisinman is a leading Argentine tango composer and arranger. Has performed as bandoneonist with a long list of tango legends, such as singers Roberto Goyeneche, Libertad Lamarque, Susana Rinaldi and Amelita Baltar. After world tours, CD recordings and performances with musicians like violinist Suárez Paz, bandoneonist Leopoldo Federico and jazz soloist Gary Burton, he formed his own ensembles and orchestras, recording and performing with Tango Orchestret and Erling Kroner in Denmark and a historic concert with the Stockholm Symphonic Winds orchestra in Stockholm, Sweden. He developed a particular tango style, combining traditional elements with colorful distortions based on atonality and contemporary music. CD recordings Homenaje al Tango: Marcelo Nisenson and his orchestra. Special guests: Knivkvartetten La Cumparsita: solos performed by Marcelo Nisinman Tango: Marcelo Nisinman & Tango Orchestret Tango for Bad People: Erling Kroner, Marcelo Nisinman and Susana Nunez