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Carlos Franzetti

Carlos Franzetti is a musical virtuoso without bounds, traversing genres from symphonies to big band jazz, chamber works to Latin American rhythms, and enchanting film scores. His musical journey has been adorned with accolades, including five Latin Grammy® Awards and a Grammy® Award as a producer for the mesmerizing "Tangos" CD in 2015. This versatile artist has also been nominated for Grammys® and Latin Grammys® multiple times, showcasing his exceptional talent and unwavering dedication to music.

Throughout his illustrious career, Carlos Franzetti has received numerous grants and prestigious awards, cementing his status as a true luminary in the world of music. Notable honors include the New Jersey Council on the Arts Composers' Fellowship in 2002, The Yamaha Composers Award, Clio Award, Prensario Award, ACE Award, and Premio Konex from Argentina. He's been recognized by The Foundation for New American Music, Meet the Composer, and has achieved gold record status.

Franzetti's compositions and arrangements have graced the stages of renowned orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the National Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony. His collaborations span the globe, from Buenos Aires to Prague, and his music has resonated with audiences worldwide.

But Franzetti's talents extend beyond the classical realm; he has also made indelible marks in the jazz world. His collaborations with jazz luminaries like Arturo Sandoval, Steve Kuhn, and Paquito D'Rivera have yielded remarkable recordings and unforgettable performances.

Film enthusiasts will recognize Carlos Franzetti's work in the scores of iconic movies such as "La Pelicula del Rey," "Q&A," "The Mambo Kings," and "Beat Street," where his compositions added depth and emotion to cinematic storytelling.

As 2023 unfolds, Carlos Franzetti continues to captivate audiences with new releases, including "Legacy" on Amapola Records and the exquisite "Minotaur in the Labyrinth," a 3-piano suite recorded by Allison Brewster Franzetti for Navona Records. His recent jazz trio album, "In the Wee Small Hours," and "Ricordare" have garnered international acclaim, showcasing his enduring passion for jazz.

"Buenos Aires Noir," another gem on Amapola Records, earned a Latin Grammy® Award nomination and was hailed as Classical CD of the Month on Jazz Station, affirming his ability to transcend musical boundaries.

Carlos Franzetti's discography is a testament to his boundless creativity, featuring an array of albums that traverse classical and jazz landscapes. Notable recordings include "Luminosa," "Argentum," "Franzetti Plays Franzetti" with Allison Brewster Franzetti, and "L'Histoire du Tango" with guitarist Berta Rojas.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1948, Carlos Franzetti's musical journey began at the age of six when he embarked on his studies at the National Conservatory. His passion for music led him to private piano lessons and composition studies, further shaping his prodigious talent.

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