Guest Artist: Federico Díaz | Program Coordinator: José Maldonado
Argentine composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla revolutionized tango music forever. He created his own style in which elements of classical music, tango, and jazz are blended. His life experiences, his education, and his performance career shaped his music. Through a selection of pieces and stories, the world of Astor Piazzolla will be presented in this concert.
Prelude BWV 998 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Paisano errante – Atahualpa Yupanqui (1908-1992)
A Orlando Goñi – Alfredo Gobbi (1912-1965)
Triunfal – Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Bagatelle No.3 – William Walton (1902-1983)
Invierno porteño – Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Federico Díaz is an up-and-coming versatile musician of the new generation of guitarists, with a multi-faceted career as a performing artist, arranger and composer in the Classical and Argentinian music worlds. His performances have taken him to distinguished festivals and concert halls across the US, Europe and Latin America. Diaz’s passion for chamber music lead him to collaborate with musicians such as Juan Falú, Daniel Binelli,, Bruno Cavallaro, Juan Pablo Navarro, Lionel Cottet, among others. He has recorded for Sony Classical and Epsa Music. Federico studied at prestigious institutions such as National University of Cuyo, University Mozarteum Salzburg, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, and Manhattan School of Music. His former teachers include Eliot Fisk, Ricardo Gallén, David Starobin and Frederic Hand. Currently, he is finishing a Doctor’s Degree in Performance, at the Graduate Center of City University of New York.