The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies present:
ARGENTINE MUSIC: Genres, Rhythms and Origins
A lecture at the piano by Marcela Fiorillo
6:30pm Thursday 7 JuneManning Clark Theatre 2
Australian National University
Argentina is a country with a rich history and a background of immigration which has given rise to many different aspects of its culture.
Its culture and music – with a profusion of genres, rhythms, textures and pitches – is as diverse as its landscape.
This lecture is a journey through Argentine music history, from its aboriginal roots to composers such as Ginastera, Piazzolla, Tauriello, Guastavino, Williams and many others.
It is a voyage through traditional dances and folk rhythms – from the aboriginal “quena” to symphonic language; from composers who were the expression of Argentina’s early nationalism to Piazzolla and his New Tango revolution.
Born in Argentina, Marcela Fiorillo is a pianist who graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires.
She studied piano under Loustanau and Bronstein in Argentina and Montecino and Pressler in the USA. She studied Chamber Music with Spiller and Pressler and composition with Ficher. She also worked with Sancan, Kerer, Wild and Bruno.
She has received awards from Fundación Coliseum, Fundación H.Von Buch, Cameratta Bariloche and Mozarteum Argentino; she developed an extensive activity as performer, teacher and composer performing in the most important concert halls of Argentina such as Colón Theatre as well as on radio and television.
She has performed in the USA, giving concerts and lecturing on Argentinean Music at New York University, City University of New York and at the BID Cultural Centre in Washington. She has toured Italy and France and also toured China performing with the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and lecturing at the Shanghai and Beijing Conservatories.
In Australia, she performed at the International Music Festival, Canberra International Multicultural festival, ANU Ibero-American and Castlemaine Festivals.
She has lectured at the University of Western Australia, Griffith University, Sydney University and the ANU School of Music. In 2011 she was part of the Kawai Series in Brisbane.
She received the Canberra Critics Circle Award 2007 as “Best Concert of the Year”.
She conducted the Australian premiere of the opera “María de Buenos Aires” by Piazzolla; receiving the Canberra Critics Circle Award 2008.
She has premiered works by Ginastera, Piazzolla, Tauriello, Saenz, Caamaño, Morillo and others.
She has recorded CDs on Argentine Music, South American Music, Tango, Liszt and Beethoven, Spanish Music and her new album: Piazzolla Anniversary.
In Argentina, she taught at the National Conservatory and the Superior Conservatory of Music, where she held the Chair of the Piano Department.
Currently, she maintains her private studio in Canberra and an active performance schedule.