May 5th, 2024

El Nuevo Herald. The classical Argentine pianist Horacio Lavandera will perform in Miami for the first time.

BY ERWIN PÉREZ SPECIAL/THE NEW HERALD MAY 4, 2024 10:00 AM

Lavandera will perform an eclectic repertoire including works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn, as well as pieces by the American George Gershwin and the contemporary Argentine composer Dino Saluzzi.

Argentine pianist Horacio Lavandera is a true rockstar of Latin American classical music and will be visiting us in the coming days. He will perform for the first time in Miami as part of a solo piano tour across the United States, which will also take him to the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York. The virtuoso South American instrumentalist will be at the University of Miami in Coral Gables on Tuesday, May 7th

In American soil, Lavandera will perform an eclectic repertoire including works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn, as well as pieces by the American George Gershwin and the contemporary Argentine composer and master bandoneonist, Dino Saluzzi.

“I am very excited about this series of performances because, as you will see, I will interpret works by great authors of German classical music, but also by two paradigmatic composers from Argentina and the United States such as Saluzzi and Gershwin,” stated the young maestro, who is also a producer and director. Continuing in the same vein, the pianist added, “My intention is to connect Argentina and the United States through my piano, an instrument whose presence was fundamental in the cultural development of both societies.”

Lavandera will interpret works by Mozart such as “Ah vous dirai-je, maman,” K.265; by Mendelssohn, Variations sérieuses, Op. 54; by Gershwin, Improvisation on Songs. He will also offer pieces from the album “Dino Saluzzi: Imágenes – Música para piano,” where he recorded works by the veteran maestro. This album is one of his most celebrated productions, with American music critic Ted Gioia (The New York Times, Los Angeles Times) ranking it among the top twenty albums of 2015.

Explaining his decision to combine Saluzzi’s exotic works with those of the classics, Lavandera says, “His piano music represents an idealized romanticism, which in some ways is related to German Romanticism.”

Lavandera, born in Buenos Aires in 1984, is one of the most acclaimed young classical pianists of the past twenty years. He is the son of renowned percussionist José María Lavandera. Considered a prodigy for his virtuosity and early interpretations, Horacio began his professional career at the age of 16 when he won the III International Piano Competition Umberto Micheli at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. He also received a special and unique prize from the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala.

Regarding his previous performances in the United States, local specialized press has praised him. “Just as Wynton Marsalis represents jazz in the United States, Lavandera represents classical music in Argentina,” wrote Keith Widyolar of New York Latin Culture Magazine.

The pianist recalls performing at Carnegie Hall in 2018, one of the world’s most famous concert halls. He has also appeared at another prestigious northeastern US venue: Jordan Hall in Boston.

Lavandera has eleven albums to his credit. He has been supported by Sony Music, received several Gardel Awards from Argentina, and has recorded pieces by Astor Piazzolla. He has trained in countries such as Italy and Spain.

He has also been invited to perform as a soloist with prestigious orchestras and conductors, as well as to give recitals throughout America, Europe, and Asia. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Charles Dutoit, Antonio Pappano, Benjamin Zander, Michael Zilm, Terje Mikkelsen, Arthur Fagen, Martin Sieghart, Christopher Wilkins, David Murphy, George Pehlivanian, Franz-Paul Decker, Enrique Arturo Diemecke, among others.

In his home country, Lavandera is considered a popular phenomenon because he was the star of two national television cultural programs and the movie “Zonda” (2014) by the renowned Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura.

The itinerary for his USA Tour is as follows: Friday, May 3, Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Rochester, Minnesota; Sunday, May 5, St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and School in Winona, Minnesota; Tuesday, May 7, Newman Recital Hall in Miami; and Friday, May 10, Carnegie Hall.

Horacio Lavandera, Tuesday, May 7th, 8 p.m., Newman Recital Hall, University of Miami, 5513 San Amaro Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146. Tickets on sale at: