Horacio Lavandera has been highly praised by the international press:
“Golden hands of a young prodigy” – Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde, Paris/France.
“Horacio Lavandera brings Schubert to life”. “What followed was the absolute highlight of the evening: audibly and visibly at the same time, Horacio Lavandera was able to immerse himself in the musical ideas of Franz Schubert and to bring to life the states of mind in the three Impromptus without any resistance. Argentina symbolically took the hand and lead by Schubert’s worlds of sound” – Bianca Schumann, Klassik begeistert, Vienna/Austria.
“Horacio, young prodigy” – Lina Sotis, Il Corriere Della Sera, Milan/Italy- Published after his presentation in the Teatro alla Scala de Milan.
“Horacio Lavandera has fascinated the audience of the Scala playing Ravel´s Concerto in G” – Angelo Foletto, La Reppublica, Milan/Italy.
“From the first minute, it was clear that this 17-year-old can play the piano brilliantly” – Klaus Kalchschmid, Süddeutsche Zeitung Munich /Germany.
“Lavandera has astonished the public with impeccable articulation, precise touch, transparent discourse, accurate dynamics, amazing concentration and infallible memory, using his virtuosism with intelligence” – Alberto González Lapuente, ABC, Madrid/ Spain.
“Horacio Lavandera proved to have extraordinary virtuoso skills, plus a first-class interpretive sense. His performance was high profile and received with unanimous success” – Tomás Marco, El Mundo, Madrid/Spain.
“[Horacio Lavandera] allows himself the tour de force of playing two of the biggest concertos for piano in one program. And he does it masterfully” – Jaime Donoso, El Mercurio, Chile.
“A young phenomenon to present, the argentine pianist Horacio Lavandera, undeniably virtuoso” – Luiz Paulo Horta, O Globo, Brasil.
“The result is a performance that shows the good work of a pianist who, having reached his thirties, owns maturity and showcases masterful technique that lets him approach almost anything.” – Josep Pascual. Scherzo, music magazine. 2016.
The recording named “Horacio Lavandera Plays Astor Piazzolla” received the Award “Golden Melómano” in 2016. The publication stated: “Lavandera takes us into the world of Piazzolla brilliantly, using the typical rhythmic flexibility and freedom of aesthetic expression of the compo ser”. – Francisco J. Balsera. Melómano, The Classical music magazine.
“Brilliant virtuosity combined with Lavandera’s rhythm-feel to a captivating experience.” Susanne Eckstein, REUTLINGER NACHRICHTEN, Südwest Presse
“In the same way that Wynton Marsalis represents Jazz in the U.S., Lavandera represents classical music in Argentina”. Keith Widyolar, New York Latin Culture Magazine.
“As before, Lavanderas’ many pedal art pieces were astonishing and exhilarating, his enormous virtuosity reminiscent of Maurizio Pollini’s (and he was at least as virtuoso as the beloved Vladimir Horowitz).” Thomás Ziegner. Schwäbisches Tagblatt.
“Your talent is given by GOD” – German contemporary composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kürten/Germany, 2004.
“Merci infinitement pour une execution trés brillant” – French contemporary composer Pierre Boulez, Paris, 2009.
“To Horacio Lavandera, with sincere gratitude and admiration for having studied and prepared this Sonata so well and with really outstanding understanding” French contemporary composer Pierre Boulez, Cite de la musique, Paris, 2010.
As the youngest competitor, he won the III International Piano Competition Umberto Micheli at the age of sixteen, in Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Italy), playing a diverse repertoire, including pieces from baroque to contemporary music. He was also awarded a Special Prize by the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, for his interpretation of Ravel´s Concerto in G Major in the final round.
From this moment on, he has been invited to perform as a soloist with prestigious orchestras, as well as to offer recitals in America, Europe and Asia.
He has performed in Carnegie Hall (New York), Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin), Herkulessaal and Gasteig (Munich), Radio France (París), Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square (London), Herbert Zipper Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Jordan Hall (Boston), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Roma), Musikverein and Kozerthaus (Vienna), Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Hamarikyu Asahi Hall (Tokyo), Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires). As well, as a soloist with prestigious orchestras, including the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española, London Chamber Pleyers, Orquesta Estable del Teatro Real, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Oviedo, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra do Norte (Portugal), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Argentina), Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, Filarmonica della Scala di Milano (Milan), among others.
He has been under the baton of outstanding Maestros, such as Antonio Pappano, Benjamin Zander, Michael Zilm, Terje Mikkelsen, Arthur Fagen, Martin Sieghart, Christopher Wilkins, David Murphy, Alejo Pérez, George Pehlivanian, Franz-Paul Decker, Jorge Rotter, Juan Pablo Izquierdo, Pedro I. Calderón, Adrian Leaper, Günter Neuhold, Michael Seal Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Jeef Manookian, Marzio Conti, among others.
In addition to covering the classical repertoire, he seeks to spread and promote contemporary music, sometimes doing world-class premieres. These concerts include recitals offered for Radio France (Paris), Musicadhoy (Barcelona), Awards “Tomas Luis de Victoria” (Madrid) and electroacoustic concerts for CDMC (Madrid) in the seasons 06/07 and 08/09, Festival Alicante 08, CETC (Buenos Aires) 2009 and 2010, Clásica x Cotemporáneos (Madrid) 2014. He has collaborated with great artists of our time:
Maestros Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Mauricio Kagel, Richard Dubugnon, Guillaume Connesson, Atsuhiko Gondai, Herbert Willi, Alberto Bernal, Alberto Posadas, Marlos Nobre, Joan Guinjoan, Antón García Abril, Miguel Farías, Dino Saluzzi, Luis de Pablo, among others. He was dedicated works by Maestros Gabriel Senanes, Fabián Panisello, Esteban Benzecry and Tomás Marco.
As for his studies, he has especially devoted himself to Beethoven´s work with Maestro Maurizio Pollini, in Italy – at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana – and in his master-classes in Lucerne Festival – Switzerland-, as well as with Maestro Charles Rosen, at the University of Alcalá.
In 2010 he made his debut in the dual role of director and pianist with Concertos No. 9 (Jenamy) and No. 11 by Mozart, with the Orchestra Estación de Buenos Aires, at the opening of the “Musical Week Llao Llao”, with the presence of prominent figures in art and culture. “La Nación” newspaper, described the performance as “excellent”, saying: “Horacio Lavandera gave an example of incomparable talent, not only due to his exceptional technical mastery at the keyboard, but also for his wisdom at his interpretation“. He repeated the experience in 2013 and 2014 with “Camerata Bariloche” Orchestra, touring Argentina nationwide and in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2017 he performed Beethoven`s five concerts in the double-role of pianist and conductor, with the Classical Orchestra of Argentina at the Kirchner Cultural Center.
Has been awarded, among others, the V° Biennial Youth National Competition, organized by Festivales Musicales and Shell CAPSA. He has been recognized as “Best Instrumental Soloist” by the Association of Critics of Music of Argentina. German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen awarded him for his interpretation of his work. Konex Foundation distinguished him as one of the foremost pianists of last decade. Awarded in “Primer Palau” in Barcelona, and was honored with the “Bicentennial Medal” by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, being the youngest personality to receive this distinction. He was also declared “Guest of Honor” by the Government of the Province of Mendoza, for his talent and experience. In 2011 he was praised by DAIA for his brilliant career. He was distinguished with “Antonio Devoto” award, in recognition for his praiseworthy career, by Rotary Club Villa Devoto. He was honored in recognition of his outstanding work and by culture, by the authorities of the Comuna 11, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. It is recognized as a “Steinway Artist” by signing Steinway and Sons pianos. In 2013 Gardel Prize awarded for “Best Classical Music Album” for his album “Chopin”. In 2015 he was also declared “Guest of Honor” by the Government of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas de Atlántico Sur. The Rotary Club of Buenos Aires granted him the distinction “Silver Laurel to 2015 Personality”. In 2014 he received the title of “Honorary Professor” at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario. In 2016, his album “In London” was awarded the Gardel Prize for “Best Classical Music Album”.
His performances have been broadcasted on radio and television in various countries. He has ten musical productions: “Debut” (2001), sponsored by Shell CAPSA, “Youth Orchestra of the Americas” (2002) by Deutsche Bank, “Three Bs”(2005), by Supervielle Bank, “Live in Japan“ , “Spanish composers of the generation of 51“ (2007), by the Community of Madrid and CD + DVD “Argentine Composers” (2009) recorded by Sony Music /Calle Angosta and “Chopin” (2012), produced and edited by EPSA Music. In 2015 releases his CD “Live in London” Edited by EPSA Music, and the German label ECM Records launches CD “Images” produced and edited by Manfred Eicher, with works by Dino Saluzzi. In 2016 the NIBIUS label released his CD “Horacio Lavandera Plays Astor Piazzolla”.
In 2014, he was featured in the film “Zonda, folclore argentino”, by world known Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura.
He is the creator of the conference-concert series called “Music and Science Evenings”, carried out in 2012 and 2013, in which he played a repertoire from Beethoven to contemporary works of the greatest composers like Stockhausen, Boulez, Xenakis, Luigi Nono, among others. It was co-produced by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation on TEC TV Channel. Prominent scientists took part, such as Dr. Alberto Rojo, physicist and composer; Dr. Daniel de Florian, physicist; Dr. Adrian Paenza, mathematician; Dr. Pablo Amster, mathematician; Dr. Alejandro Gangui, astrophysicist. The concerts were recorded and broadcasted in 18 chapters by the TEC TV Channel.
In 2015 he created the TV show “Building Bridges”, broadcasted by TV channel “Encuentro”, which is the first educational broadcasting channel of the national Ministry of Education in Argentina. Along every chapter, he introduces the great musical classics and makes interviews to outstanding composers Argentine of the new generation: Augusto Arias, Lucas Fagin, Facundo Negri y Julián Galay.
As a composer he defines his work as linked to the formal sciences. He has worked closely with Dr. Beatriz Moreno Monge to compose his “Siete piezas para piano” (2012-2013). Each of these parts is made with a determined programming, including fuzzy logic and chaotic functions. His chamber music cycle “…cuerdas del espacio…” devoted to string theory is to be highlighted. Its first movement for flute, guitar and cello has been premiered by the Trio Brasilis in Musica Nova Festival (Germany) in May 2015