Ciclo Estrellas begins in 2024, at the Independencia Theater

He graduated from the Manuel de Falla Municipal Conservatory of Music. In 1968 he won the Municipal Prize of Buenos Aires and in 1972 he received a scholarship from the Argentine Mozarteum and the Ministry of Sciences and Education in The Hague to pursue further studies in Holland.

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Since the age of 16 he has been a soloist with the most important orchestras in Argentina, South America and Europe, such as the Saò Paulo Symphony, Ensemble Das Neue Werk of Hamburg, Radio and Television of Krakow, Camerata Bariloche, Ferrara Chamber Orchestra, Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Teatro La Fenice of Venice, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, I Giovani Cameristi di Roma, Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, National Symphony of Reykjavík, Bremen Philharmonic, National Symphony of Ireland, Zürich Symphony, Orchestra of the Tonhalle Hall.

Since 1975 until now, he has performed and recorded the violin concerto by the Argentine composer Alicia Terzian, a work that, due to its beauty and magnitude, has earned him invitations from major European and Latin American orchestras (Zürger Symphonie Orchester, Moscow Sinfofilarmonica Orchestra, Kaoshiung City Simphony, St. Paul’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, etc.

In 1997-98 he was invited to play with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, the State of Mexico Orchestra, and the National Symphony in Buenos Aires. He recorded Alicia Terzián’s Violin Concerto for the DOM label in 1998 with the Zürich Symphony Orchestra.

Rafael Gintoli is artistic director and was a member of the jury of the First Buenos Aires International Violin Competition 2010, 2012, also the Luis Sigall International Violin Competition in Chile, and the Lipizer International Competition, in Italy. He has been invited to the Cervantino Festival in Mexico, also in Taiwan performing the Alicia Terzian concert accompanied by the Kaoshiung Sinfónica and the Russian Philharmonic, Spain, Bilbao and with Martha Argerich at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and at the Auditorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

In recent years he has participated as a soloist in Argentina and other countries and also in 2015 he performed at the Traiano Forum, in Rome, Uruguay and Paraguay. In addition to excelling in classical music, Mtro. Rafael Gintoli has shared the stage with eminences of popular music such as Chango Spasiuk and Lito Vitale.

LEONARDO PITTELLA

Leonardo Pittella, from Mendoza. He trained mainly with Maestros Gustavo Gatica, Roberto Urbay and Daniel Rivera at the School of Music of the Faculty of Arts and Design of the UNCuyo and at the Pietro Mascagni Conservatory of Livorno. Since the beginning of his studies, he has offered his musical performances in important venues in Argentina and Europe. He has performed with various orchestras such as: The Mendoza Philharmonic, UNCuyo Symphony, Mendoza Baroque Orchestra, UNCuyo Musical Nursery and the San Juan Symphony.

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He is the winner of awards such as: First Prize from the Cathedral of La Plata Foundation in 2012, First Prize in the International Music Tournament, Paris 2014 and First Prize in the Vivace Online Piano Competition in Mexico 2020. He has also won mentions in competitions such as: the 2009 Cathedral of La Plata Foundation Competition and the 2013 City of Necochea Competition, piano category and scholarships and subsidies from various entities, in May 2023 he won the First Prize in the Piano category of the Dinu Lipatti Competition in Taranto and the Second Prize absolute in the Dinu Lipatti Competition in Taranto, Italy, and in November 2023 he won the Outstanding Young Mendocino award in the Culture category, awarded by the Mendocino Business Council in its twentieth edition.

Currently he develops a concert activity consisting of more than 10 monthly concerts both in the province of Mendoza and in other provinces and different countries. In addition, Leonardo carries out important activities that link the artistic with the social. In 2020 he founded the Pianoforte Academy, in 2022 the Pianoforte Foundation and in 2023 the Pianoforte Theater and its orchestra signed with the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, events dedicated to the development of society through cultural and social links.

 
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