VICTOR HUGO VILLENA

PURPOSE

Improving on the Bandoneon.

  • Improve mastery of Bandoneon sound control.
  • Work on the vibrato
  • Understand the news and history of the instrument

EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

IIWM is pleased to inform about the possibility of loaning some bandoneons for this master-class.
• Work from the classical repertoire.
• Work with historical Tango material (A. Troilo, A. Piazzolla, C. Gardel), works proposed by Victor Hugo Villena.
• Work on works that the candidates master and wish to develop for their interpretation.
• Listening and comparative analysis based on sound extracts: the historical and current Bandoneon soloists.

TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

  • All bandoneon systems are accepted: Argentinian and German bisonoric, and unisonoric. Accordionists will also be accepted subject to availability.
  • Possibility of loan of some bandoneons by the IIWM.
  • Students will be accepted after sending an audio sample attesting to their level (amateur, semi-professional, professional).
  • Languages spoken: French, Spanish, English, Italian, German. Group classes will be given in French and English languages. Group courses will be given in French and English languages.

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BIOGRAPHY

Born in Argentina in 1979, Victor Hugo Villena is one of the world leading bandoneon players. Celebrated by the international press, the New York Times quotes: “Mr. Villena’s bandoneon expressing extremes of earthiness and ethereality, an emotional universe unto itself. A master of the instrument». He released in 2013 his first and most important work as a soloist «Bandoneón Ecléctico» selected to be at the Argentinian collection «The Art of Bandoneon», his Album is nominated among best Argentine recordings of the year 2014.

He participated on French-German ARTE TV for the creation «1000 Years of music in 60 minutes» with Franck Braley (Queen Elizabeth winner), Henri Demarquette, Olivier Charlier in 2007, 2013 and 2016 he became musical director of Piazzolla’s Opera «Maria de Buenos Aires» at the National Theater of Lisbon, and the Queen’s Hall of Edimbourgh, UK.

He is the Official Bandoneon Player of Ute Lemper’s world tour since 2013.