"International Stars of Tango" features professional Tango dancers and a trio of internationally renowned soloists: Argentinian bandoneónist JP Jofre, violinist Michael Guttman and conductor/double bassist Enrico Fagone along with the LICO orchestra. The Program features large scale, original orchestral Tangos by Mr. Jofre as well as works by the internationally renowned Astor Piazzolla, father of the modern Tango, in an electrifying synthesis of modern Tango and orchestra.
Argentine composer-bandoneón player J.P. Jofre has been hailed as one of today’s leading artists by Lincoln Center and praised by The New York Times for his soulful, artful playing. A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts Grant in Argentina, Mr. Jofre has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist and composer. He has recently collaborated with Paquito D' Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Symphony Sillicon Valley, Sacramento Philharmonic, Philippe Quint, Fernando Otero, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Fred Sturm, Esperanza Spalding, Frost Studio Jazz Band, Borislav Strulev, and Nina Beilina among many others. Mr. Jofre has also received commissions and he has been part of many festivals such as the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Seattle Town Hall's Global Rhythms, Belgorod Music Festival, Sudtirol Jazz Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston, American Virtuosi, Bachanalia Taiwan among others. J.P. Jofre’s first CD features 11-time Grammy Winner Paquito D’ Rivera, who recorded “Primavera,” an original composition of Mr. Jofre's. For the World Premier of his Bandoneón Concerto, the Mercury News (R. Scheinin) wrote: "...he is an electrifying composer-bandóneon player
Michael Guttman is a violinist and conductor with an incredible wealth of tone colors, with an exquisitely creamy sound...rich-toned and impassioned...” says The New York Times Guttman is “[a conductor of] innovative style, sophistication and majesty,” says Napa Valley Register. He is the founder and music director of the Pietrasanta in Concerto festival in Tuscany, the resident music director of the Symphony Napa Valley Chamber Orchestra in California, the music director of the Crans Montana Classics festival in Switzerland, of the Belgian Chamber Orchestra , of Odessa Classics in Ukraine, and joint music director of Le Printemps du Violon in Paris, France.
Enrico Fagone is a staple performer in the most prestigious festivals worldwide, collaborating with Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mischa Maisky, Vadim Repin, Kathia and Marielle Labèque and countless others.
His recording portfolio is vast with appearances on record labels EMI and Warner. He is Music Director of the Long Island Concert Orchestra, Ambassador of the Martha Argerich Presents Project in the world and Artistic Director of the renowned "Concorso Bottesini." Fagone is often invited as a Conductor and soloist all over the world, by numerous orchestras such as
Dallas Symphony, Mendelsshon Chamber Orchestra Youth Strings-England, Napa Valley Simphony, I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, I Musici di Parma, Italian Ensemble-Teatro Bellini of Catania, I Virtuosi Italiani.
This project is partially funded by the County of Suffolk.