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Octavio Brunetti (1975-2014) studied classical piano in his hometown Rosario, Argentina. Before graduated, he was already performing a variety of music styles, but the love for his country’s native tango prevailed and soon he was performing with many of Argentina’s most important tango musicians and singers, such as Alberto Castillo, Eladia Blazquez, Ruben Juarez, Domingo Federico, Rodolfo Mederos, Osvaldo Piro. He received two first prizes in a local festival as a composer and pianist of tango, performing his awarded piece, “Sencillez Tanguistica,” with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Rosario; and between the years 2002-2003 he was the conductor of the Orquesta Del Tango de Cordoba, Argentina.
Mr. Brunetti moved to the United States in 2004 where his participation at the New York City International Tango Competition won him two first prizes: Best Solo Pianist and Best Duo (with Bernardo Monk, saxophonist).
Mr. Brunetti performed with world renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, jazz ambassador Paquito D’Rivera, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Binelli, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and he has participated in numerous music festivals throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and performed in venues such as Symphony Space, Blue Note, Rose Theater (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Belleayre Music Festival, OJAI World Music Festival, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Japan), Teatro Colon (Salon Dorado), Teatro San Martin (Buenos Aires).
With his main ensemble, OCTAVIO BRUNETTI TANGO QUINTET, he appeared at the Kaufmann Hall, Jamaica Center for the Arts and the NY City Center.
Mr. Brunetti’s recordings include “Soledad” by Astor Piazzolla with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma (“Appassionato” by Sony BMG-Classical), Grammy Award Winning CD “Te Amo Tango” with Raul Jaurena and the original soundtrack, composed by Osvaldo Golijov, for Francis Ford Coppola’s movie “Tetro” (Deutsche Grammophon) and “Twixt”.
Mr. Brunetti has been considered one of the most sought after tango pianists of our times.