Presented in collaboration with Fundación Astor Piazzolla, and with the involvement of the composer’s family, including his widow Laura Escalada Piazzolla and grandson Daniel Villaflor Piazzolla, the Competition’s aim is to find and elevate top undiscovered talent through performances of Piazzolla’s work. The Competition’s Honorary President is GRAMMY-winning musician Gary Burton, a close friend of the late Astor Piazzolla.
Born in Argentina as the only child of Italian immigrant parents, Astor Piazzolla is universally considered the preeminent figure in the history of tango and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. His compositions, including beloved and widely performed works such as “Libertango,” “Oblivion,” and “Adios Nonino,” have become standards of musical repertoire.
We believe that this is a valuable endeavor that will contribute to this important anniversary and promotion of Astor’s music.
– Daniel Villaflor Piazzolla, Vice President of Fundación Astor Piazzolla