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Quinteto Astor Piazzolla

Following the passing of the renowned Argentine composer and bandoneon player, Laura Escalada Piazzolla founded the Astor Piazzolla Foundation with the mission of preserving and promoting the maestro’s artistic legacy. The Quinteto Astor Piazzolla was formed in 1998 with five outstanding virtuoso musicians who can aesthetically unify under the musical landscape of Piazzolla and Buenos Aires.

Pablo Mainetti (bandoneon), Nicolás Guerschberg (piano), Serdar Geldymuradov (violin), Armando de la Vega(guitar), Daniel Falasca (double bass) and Julián Vat (musical director) form part of the current generation of this quintet, with the responsibility of preserving the pure sound of Piazzolla in today’s world, while exploring and performing the vast repertoire of this outstanding composer.

Astor Piazzolla’s trademark performance ensemble was the quintet: bandoneon, violin, piano, electric guitar and double bass. Established in 1960 by Piazzolla, the quintet quickly became his favorite tool in the process of creating the sound of Nuevo Tango, which he developed throughout that decade.

The musicians who accompanied him in the quintet were notable performers with exquisite artistic interpretation and skill that Piazzolla appreciated fundamentally, not only for their ability to execute his highly demanding compositions, but also how they enriched his music with their unique personalities.

Piazzolla eventually left Argentina for Europe, setting aside the quintet until 1978, when he revived the group and toured with them through 1988. It was the ensemble which witnessed his fame escalating throughout the world. The repertoire of his second quintet was nurtured on the Nuevo Tango of the 60s and the fresh, experimental compositions Piazzolla had been working on, some of which later became his masterpieces.

Now with more than 20 years and counting, the current legacy group, Quinteto Astor Piazzolla, has performed numerous tours around the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia, becoming acclaimed and awarded with international recognition; the most recent and prominent being the Latin Grammy for Best Tango Album of 2019.

In these recent years, the group has released four full-length albums (Revolucionario, Fugata, En 3×4, Triunfal), performing with a demanding degree of virtuosic skill and rich artistic interpretation, reviving the classics as well as lesser-known works that haven’t had the chance of being heard around the world, allowing old and new audiences to get both a nostalgic and fresh take on Piazzolla’s work.

Currently, the quintet is preparing the 2021-2022 international tour to commemorate 100 years of Astor Piazzolla. It is a wonderful opportunity to pay homage to the great composer by taking a look back and revisiting his extensive creative career, combining and contrasting both his classical and popular repertoire in the same concert, and exploring a history of intensity, passion and genius.

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