B i o g r a phy
MARIANO CASTRO – pianist and guitarist, composer and arranger
Born on July 12, 1975 in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began his musical studies in piano and guitar at age 10. In 1993 he entered in the Music Conservatory Melani (founded in 1888), studying with the director Elsa Bolia, making parallel careers in both instruments. Subsequently refined with the Russian pianist Vera Anosov, with the pianist and composer Ruben Ferrero (disciple of Antonio de Raco), with Norman Simmons (Charlie Parker, Carmen Mc Rae) in New Jersey, USA, and with the pianist and conductor Nicolás Ledesma (Leopoldo Federico, F. Suarez Paz, Julio Pane).
In his career as a performer covers various musical styles, playing in rock bands, jazz, tango, folklore and classical music, and also performing as a solo pianist and guitarist.
He has made more than 30 international tours with various groups and as soloist, performing in festivals and theaters in different cities of USA, Canada, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Italy, Switzerland, Romania, Poland, Germany, Portugal, Bulgaria, Denmark, Russia and the Netherlands. Since 2008 he is part of the group “Narcotango” that fuses tango with jazz and electronic music and is recognized worldwide. With Narcotango he is nominated 2 times at the Latin Grammy awards (2009 and 2010) in the category of best tango album.
In classical music participated in two national contests of young pianists, as well as in a cycle called "Young Talents" with soprano Maria Virginia Savastano (currently at the Opera de Paris) as well as chamber groups with distinguished violinists cellists and flutists. It has also given concerts as a soloist in various parts of the world (USA, Canada, Europe) playing music by Piazzolla and others introducing the tango and the music of Argentina.
He has participated in over 20 musical productions with various artists. Upon returning from his trip to USA in 2004 he recorded his first solo album, produced by Mike Strand. In it we find the various styles in which Castro is developed closely with the piano and guitar, performing own compositions and arrangements of tangos (Villoldo, Piazzolla), folklore (G. Leguizamon) and jazz (Norman Simmons) and including some of his own compositions. Then in August 2007 released his second solo album, "Ode Porteña", a comprehensive repertoire of tangos with his own arrangements and with the participation of major artists and guest musicians. Also he is composer and producer of the latest albums made by Narcotang, Limanueva (2010, Latin Grammy nominee) and Cuenco (2013)
In their different tours (USA, Canada, Ecuador, Brazil and Europe) has also conducted workshops and clinics on the history of tango, for all audiences, where it develops exemplifying the genre's history with piano and guitar (educational concerts) . This tours in the U.S. and Canada have been sponsored and declared of cultural interest by the Ministry of Culture Office of the President and the General Directorate of Cultural Affairs of the Chancellery Argentina. In his 2006 tour in the United States he was sponsored and declared of cultural interest by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires. These workshops have been held in various places like universities (Drew University and Wittenberg University, USA) as well as in various cultural associations, schools and concert halls around the world.
In 2014 Mariano and the members of narcotango were distinguished as ¨Personalidades destacadas de la cultura¨ (cultural honorary citizens) given by the Congress of Buneos Aires for their 10 years career taking this music from Buenos Aires to many other parts in the world.
Stablished in Europe, in Bucharest, Romania, Mariano starts the collaboration with different local musicians and orchestras. In 2015 he starts to play as soloist with different orchestras from Romania and chamber groups. The project called ¨Tango Simfonic¨along with the argentinian singer Anlia Selis, where Mariano plays the piano and writes all the orchestral arrangements ,had a big succes on its premier at Sala Radio in Bucharest along with the Orchestra de Camera Radio Romania, and after that was played also at Brasov (with Kamerata Kronstadt), Pitesti (Orchestra Filarmonica din Pitesti) at Focsani (Orchestra de camera Unirea) and many others arriving to 25 symphonic tango concerts around Romania between 2015 and 2018. He worked with the romanian conductors Radu Popa, Cristian Orosanu, Jozsef Horvath , Valentin Doni and Sabin Pautza.
In 2016 he started a new project, ArgEnTango, a tango quintet, with Analia Selis (vocals), Razvan Suma (cello), Rafael Butaru (violin) and Omar Massa (bandoneon), starting with a national tour in 10 cities of Romania playing the music of Astor Piazzolla in an authentic way, arriving to big halls and stages like Sala Radio (Bucharest), Piata Operei (Timisoara), Filarmonica Brasov between many others. With ArgEnTango he reocrded a live album ¨Piazzolla, o poveste autentica¨ edited by Editura Casa Radio (National Radio)
In 2017 he started two new crossover symphonic projects, ¨Fits canta Piaf¨with conductor Cristian Orosanu and Alexandra Fits at vocals, playing the famous repertoire singed by Edith Piaf, and Mariano Castro, piano and orchestral arrangements. The second project ¨TanaseFits Piaf¨, also with Cristian Orosanu and Alexandra Fits, adding some pieces of the repertoire of the great romanian singer Maria Tanase. Both projects already made several times with different philarmonic orchestras (Filarmonica Ploiesti, Orchestra de Caemra Radio, Kamerata Kronstadt, Filarmonica Pitesti, between others). By february 2018 ¨Tanase Fits Piaf¨arrived to the great Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest, this time with the Camerata Regala .
Also in 2017 he made an european tour with Carlos Libedinsky (Narcotango´s foundator) playing some narcotango´s music but also some new neotangos. This tour Europa Tour 2017 included 15 concerts in different cities of Germany, Spain, Italy and Denmark.