Houston Composer Judges Inaugural Astor Piazzolla Music Contest

Published: March 29, 2021

Originally Published By: The Houston Chronicle

In the centenary year of Astor Piazzolla’s birth – and nearly three decades since his passing – a new international online music competition will celebrate the composer’s rich legacy and shine light on the enduring influence of his musical oeuvre, including such beloved works as “Libertango” and “Oblivion.”

Open to instrumentalists and ensembles alike, the inaugural Piazzolla Music Competition will provide contestants of any nationality, ages 13 and up, with the opportunity to vie for their own musical futures through performances of the composer’s work. The endeavor is presented by PARMA Recordings and Fundación Astor Piazzolla in collaboration with the composer’s widow Laura Escalada Piazzolla, grandson Daniel Villaflor Piazzolla and friend Gary Burton, a Grammy-winning musician and the competition’s honorary president.

To enter, video recordings, featuring at least six minutes of music, must be submitted with the application fee by April 18. All proceeds will benefit the Playing For Change Foundation, a global nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating a positive impact through arts education and currently operates 15 music programs in 11 countries.

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