Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo, ensemble
Decca recording artists Giampaolo Bandini and Cesare Chiacchiaretta, guitar and bandoneon duo, currently celebrate their 15th year anniversary of music making and deep commitment to present Argentina’s music through the charm and magic of its most representative instruments. The duo immediately became an important point of reference in the international concert circuit thanks to their great communication style coupled with an extraordinary stage charisma. Regularly invited by the festivals and theatres around the world, they have toured over 50 countries and have annual or biannual tours to the United States and Canada, receiving outstanding critical and audience approval. Following the consistent success and popularity of the duo, 2016-2017 season has seen the signing of the duo by Decca label with their debut CD release titled “Escualo” in January 2017 to great critical acclaim. Recent invitations took them to perform in Berlin, Budapest, and Toronto, in addition to collaborations with Deutsche Grammophon artist and mandolinist Avi Avital. New tours in Mexico, China, Hungary, Kosovo, Germany, Korea, Poland, Austria, and USA are part of the duo’s schedule for the coming seasons.
The duo had the privilege to play Astor Piazzolla’s Double Concerto “Hommage a Liegi” conducted by Maestro Leo Brouwer at the Auditorium Paganini of Parma and for the Unione Musicale of Turin with the renowned Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra conducted by Pavel Berman. Mo. Brouwer is writing and dedicating a new work to the duo due for completion by Spring 2017. They are frequently invited to perform as soloists with orchestras of Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), Brno Soloists (Czech Republic), the Camerata Santiago de Querétaro and Silvestre Revueltas Orchestra (Mexico), the Round Top Chamber Orchestra and Brazos Valley Symphony (USA), the Asian-European Symphony Orchestra (Korea), and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kiev (Ukraine) among others.
In 2004, Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo was awarded the 15th “Beniamino Joppolo” Città di Patti Prize (in the province of Messina, Italy) for remarkable artistic achievements in the field of music. In 2005, the duo made their debut in the prestigious Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Academic Philharmonic achieving such great success that they were immediately asked to play for the following years. Important composers have written original compositions for Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo, among them Daniel Binelli, Fernando Tavolaro, and Maximo Diego Pujol, who dedicated the Double Concert for guitar, bandoneon, and orchestra “Luminosa Buenos Aires” (2009) to them. The duo recorded the work and it is distributed all over the world through the Concerto label.
Their unique style of living music to the fullest and without boundaries leads them to work together with prominent artists such as Arnoldo Foà, Elio delle Storie Tese, Amanda Sandrelli, Nando Gazzolo, Dario Vergassola, Monica Guerritore, Enzo Iacchetti, and musicians such as Salvatore Accardo, Fernando Suarez Paz, Michele Pertusi, Corrado Giuffredi, Danilo Rossi, Massimo Quarta, Enrico Bronzi, Franca Masu, Maria Estela Monti, and Enrico Fagone, among others.
Their first CD “Hombres de Tango” sold more than ten thousand copies and was greatly praised by critics. They have recorded for the most important radio and television stations in Italy and abroad. Recently, their Brussels concert was broadcast live via satellite in more than twenty countries. In 2013, during a long tour in Russia, they made their debut with great success at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. In the same year, they performed at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Festival and International Concert Artist Competition.
As educators, they are in great demand by the most renowned academies and international Universities and hold classes at the Institutes of Higher Education “Luigi Boccherini” in Lucca and “Umberto Giordano” in Foggia. Giampaolo Bandini plays a Dennis Tolz guitar and sponsored by D’Addario Strings.
For more information, please visit www.bandinichiacchiaretta.com
Collaboration with Dalí Quartet
Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo_with Dalí Quartet
8 Seasons, 4 Musicians, 2 Masterworks, 1 Journey
Vivaldi and Piazzolla: so far, so close. They absorb the physical distances; they break through the horizon, acting in a complementary manner. In the twin Seasons, the story rises to metaphysics, then the path is reversed. The Italian composer enters into the forms, going through them with sovereign freedom to get to the heart of light; the Argentine author catches his structures from the darkness of the soul, he shapes them, he rebuild them. The four members of this Italian ensemble know their chapter is an important one, but not the final word. The story is beautiful because it is not over.
(arr. G. Scaramuzza for violin and cello, guitar and accordion)
1. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, “L’inverno” (Winter)
2. Las 4 estaciones portenas: III. Primavera portena
3. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring)
4. Las 4 estaciones portenas: I. Verano porteno
5. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, “L’estate” (Summer)
6. Las 4 estaciones portenas: II. Otono porteno
7. The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F Major, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293, “L’autunno” (Autumn)
8. Las 4 estaciones portenas: IV. Invierno porteno
“Bandini and Chiacchiaretta held a concert that, just like tango, was a condensing of emotions and real life. Bandini and Chiacchiaretta have technique, talent, performing class. Theirs is a tango danced in two.”
– Roberto Codazzi