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.
The Jury is headed by GRAMMY-winning pianist, composer, and former member of Astor Piazzolla’s legendary quintet Pablo Ziegler and includes, among others, GRAMMY-winning bandoneonist Héctor del Curto and GRAMMY-nominated bandoneonist/composer Daniel Binelli.
We are delighted to work with the Piazzolla family on this historic project and to simultaneously give new talent a chance to be heard by such an esteemed group of musical luminaries.
It is an honor to be included in championing the music and legacy of Mr. Piazzolla in celebration of his 100th year.
Laura Escalada Piazzolla
Patroness of Piazzolla Music Competition and President, Fundación Astor Piazzolla
Daniel Villaflor Piazzolla
Vice President, Fundación Astor Piazzolla
Piazzolla Music Competition
CEO PARMA Recordings, producer, composer, bassist
Artistic Director, Piazzolla Music Competition