"Macchioni is a musician and performer of great sensibility. Fascinating!" ILAMS UK.
"He plays these endlessly evocative works with understanding and seeming ease-bringing out their lovely melodies, finding tempos that seem quite right, and expertly balancing their wit, gravity, and passion." American Record Guide.
Listen to Latin American piano expert Oscar Macchioni explaining and performing the most beloved melodies and intricate rhythms from Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, in an intimate concert setting.
PROGRAMME 1 Hr:05 Min.
Adios Nonino, arr. Laercio de Freitas, by Astor Piazzolla (Argentina)
Preludio Mexicano and Intermezzo by Manuel María Ponce (Mexico)
Tangos by Juan José Castro (Argentina)
Evocación, I. Llorón, IV. Nostálgico
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4. by Heitor Villa Lobos (Brazil)
I. Preludio (Introdução) and III. Aria (Canto do Sertão) Sonata in C-sharp minor by Carlos Guastavino (Argentina)
I. Allegretto íntimo, II. Scherzo-Molto vivace
Malambo, first edition by Alberto Ginastera (Argentina)
La Muerte del Angel, arr. Oscar Macchioni by Astor Piazzolla
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Oscar Macchioni, a native of Argentina, is an International Steinway Artists, an accomplished solo and collaborative pianist, professor, lecturer, author, and adjudicator. The critics have praised him for his clarity of lines, tone quality, expressive phrasing, and the amiable way in which he presents his programs.
Oscar has performed extensively in his native Argentina, Italy, England, Poland, Serbia, Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, China, and the USA, at notable locations such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Teacher's College at Columbia University, Steinway Hall, St Martin in the Fields and James's Piccadilly in London, the Querceto International Piano Festival in Italy, and the National Conservatory in Bueno Aires in Argentina. His live performance in the Myra Hess Memorial Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center has been broadcast on radio and television. His programs include an eclectic repertoire from Bach and Brahms to Piazzolla and Bolcom. He is an assiduous performer of the classical Latin American repertoire.
A dedicated teacher and mentor, Dr. Macchioni is much in demand as an adjudicator at various state, national and international piano competitions and festivals, including the Bangkok International Chopin Competition, the European Piano Teachers Association, Piano Examinations Committee of Taiwan, MTNA, and the International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival among others. His lecture-recitals and presentations at international conferences have received numerous accolades, including the Second International Vernacular Conference in Puebla, Mexico (Outstanding Musical Presentation), and The European Piano Teachers Association (Diploma of Excellence).
His book, The Tango in American Piano Music, was published in 2010 by the College Music Society series, Cultural Expressions in Music. His solo debut CD Mostly Tangos: Piano Music from the Americas, has been released with favorable reviews. Centaur Records released his newest CDs, Piazzolla da Camera, and Latin American Duos. He has published articles on a variety of piano literature and piano pedagogy topics in the American Teacher Magazine and Piano Pedagogy Forum. He has been featured in Piano: La Lettre du Musicien (France), Piano Education Page (USA), and at various music magazines, radio and TV programs.
In 2015, Oscar received the prestigious University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, and in 2019 he was inducted into the UTEP Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He received grants and scholarships from the Latino Center at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC (graduate researcher), the Polish Government, the Organization of American States, and was sponsored by the Leschetizky Association of New York. He received the Music Teachers National Association StAr Award and was named "Distinguished Graduate Student" by the University of Arizona. He is a recipient of several grants, most recently the Texas Commission on the Arts through the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, to perform concerts in underserved communities. He studied piano at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (Argentina), the Krakow Academy of Music (Poland), Louisiana State University, and the University of Arizona (USA). He is a Professor of Piano, Assistant Chair and Keyboard Area Coordinator at the University of Texas at El Paso. Oscar Macchioni is a Steinway Artist. www.oscarmacchioni.net
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