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Ziegler, Pablo

Ziegler, Pablo, piano, composer; b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2 September 1944. His mother is Ema Ziegler, his father was Pascual Alfredo Salzano (died) and his two sisters are Mirta and Liliana Salzano. Pablo studied at Buenos Aires Music Conservatory where he graduated as Piano Professor. He continued his studies with Adrian Moreno and Galia Schaljman. He studied composition with professors as Gerardo Gandini and Francisco Kropflt. When he was 14 years old, he began to play with different jazz groups and at the same time until he was 18 played piano solo concerts.

Then he created the Pablo Ziegler Terceto which was dedicated in playing classical music with jazz arrangements done by himself and, at the same time he wrote music such as: Polvo De Estrellas (Musical), La Noche De Los Grandes (TV); Adios Roberto and Tacos Altos (cinema), etc. In 1977 marries to Sandra Silbert.

In 1978 he joined Astor Piazzolla's quintet and started his tours through Europe, U.S.A., Japan, etc. playing with worldwide known artists such as the Italian singer Milva and the American Gary Burton.

On May 9th 1980 his son Juan Ignacio is born and in April 24th 1983 his daughter Maria Gabriela is born.

In 1991, he was invited to record Piazzolla's works with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Pedro Ignacio Calderon. Afterwards they held performances at Colon theatre, in Argentina, Expo-Sevilla 92 in Spain etc.

In 1992 he is invited by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival to play some concerts in New Mexico (U.S.A.) Then he performs in New Orleans where the Mayor honored him with the title of: New Orleans Citizen.

When he arrived in Buenos Aires,  The Asociacion De Criticos De Teatro E Investigadores Teatrales gave him the National Prize "Arlequin 92" to the best original music for theatre for the play of Harold Pinter: "Traicion." At the beginning of 1993 he was invited by the Argentine Foreign Office to render an homage to Piazzolla in the Villalobos National Auditorium in Brasilia in Brazil, where he went with his Cuarteto Nuevo Tango and Nestor Marconi (bandoneon player) as a guest. In the same year he was invited by La Paz Mayor Office and played at the Central Bank Theatre. (Bolivia) Later he returns with his quartet to U.S.A. playing two sessions at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, then in the Open Area Festival (Salt Lake City) in Utah, at Minneapolis Walker Art Center (Minnesota) and records at Saint Paul Radio, a one hour audition that was emitted by 200 American radios. The name of the program was "Saint Paul, Sunday Morning" At the end of 1993, he did his first European Tour performing in Frankfurt, Karlsrhue (Germany), Athens in Greece, The Instituto A'lla Illa (Rome), La Fontana Theatre (Milan) in Italy; and in the United Kingdom at Saint Martin in the Field Cathedral (London)  In 1994 he changes his quartet and starts playing with a quintet: Piano; Bandoneon; Electric/Acoustic guitar; Double Bass and Drum/Percussion.
With this group he does a new tour in U.S.A. performing at several Summer Festivals such as: "Botanic Garden Summer Series" (Denver) "Ravinia Festival" (Chicago); "Miller Amphitheater Outdoor" (Houston) etc. He is invited to the inauguration of the "Astor Piazzolla's Auditorium where he participates of a show with artists such as Jairo, Eladia Blazquez etc. Then he travels to Mexico and performs at the University "El Claustro de Sor Juana".

Then he is invited by The Argentine Embassy to perform in Toronto (Canada) and he after is invited by the Leight University of Beetlehem (Pennsylvania) to perform there. In 1995 he performs several concerts in Argentina. He is invited to play at "10" during two weeks at the "Luna Park " to Julio Bocca's performance. He composes for him a theme for Quintet and Symphonic Orchestra. He then invited Jose Angel Trelles (an ex Piazzolla singer) and performed with him and the quintet a new show with new compositions called "Por Amor a Buenos Aires" in Buenos Aires (Argentina). In 1996 he goes to Medellin and performs with his Quintet in El Teatro Metropolitano and in The National Library "Luis Angel Arango" invited by The Philharmonic Society of Bogota in Bogota (Colombia), in a Music Festival called "Musica y Musicos de Latinoamerica". He after plays in a Piazzolla Tribute at the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires. He presents his show "Por amor a Buenos Aires" in the "Sala Villalobos del Teatro Nacional" with Jose Angel Trelles and his quintet in Brasilia (Brazil). At the end of this year he records an album with Gary Burton with Piazzolla's music and plays live at "Biblioteca Nacional" in Bs. As.

In 1997 he goes to New York for the presentation of his album with Emanuel Ax "Los Tangueros" at "The Knitting Factory". He starts a tour through U.S.A. heading his Quintet for New Tango in the following festivals and Theatres: Smithsonian Institute, Ravinia Festival; Santa Fe Music Hall; Dallas Museum of Art; Huntington Arts Festival; Florida International Festival; Chautauqua Institution; Lincoln Center; Kxci Tucson; Miller Amphitheater Outdoor; He went to Japan in a concert tour with Emanuel Ax including a TV shoot for NHK Japan TV. At the end of this year Mr. Ziegler signs a contract with BMG/RCA Victor and becomes an artist of this recording label.

In 1998 Mr. Ziegler is invited by The American Composers Orchestra to participate in a one-week symposium called "Meeting Between American Composers And Latin American Composers" He then performs at The Hispanic Theatre in Queens (N.Y.) and at The Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall (N.Y.) with two concerts for two pianos introducing Mr. Christopher O'Riley as his new piano partner.  The piano duet plays in Guilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo (Pennsylvania); three concerts in The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles (California) and at Spring Twilight Concert in Meadowood Napa Valley (California). Steinway & Sons New York honored him, this year, naming him Steinway Artist. Later Mr. Ziegler plays with his quintet in Ciclo De Tango Contemporaneo at El Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires (Argentina). In July he is invited by Gary Burton to present the album "Astor Piazzolla Reunion" for Concord Records and travels to Europe to play in the Summer Jazz Festivals such as: Basel concert, Zurich concert (Switzerland), Milan concert, Fano concert, Sardinia concert (Italy) Elmau concert (Germany) Ljubljana concert (Slovenia) Pori concert (Finland), Arhaus concert (Denmark), Vienna concert (Austria) Istambul (Turkey) He returns to Argentina and goes to the province of Tucuman and plays as a soloist in The Tango Symphonic Special Concert, with The Tucuman Symphonic Orchestra in the Alberdi Theatre. Later he is invited to the "Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival". (U.S.A.) Does the arrangements of four of Piazzolla's works and performs in ensemble with festival artists. Invited by Sony Classical / Ryota Komatzu (Japanese bandoneon player) he plays two concerts in Fukuoka, one in Osaka and two in Tokyo (Japan).

With the two pianos duet he plays at the "Center of the Arts", "Center Stage" in El Camino College, Los Angeles (California) at Paramount Theatre in Denver (Colorado) and at Alberta Bair Theatre in Billings (Montana) (USA). At the end of that year he goes to Brazil with his quintet and performs at Mistura Fina International (Rio de Janeiro), Serie Montreal Informatica de Conciertos Internacionales (Bello Horizonte) and in San Pablo.

In 1999 he is invited by Gary Burton to record a second album with him that hasn't been released yet and then they perform in Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile. He then plays with the piano duet in the Santo Domingo Festival (Republica Dominicana), at Richmond University (Virginia), at The Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck (NY) and at Fairfield University (Connecticut).  On April 6th Mr. Ziegler participates in a special concert "Tango Magic" as a performer and Musical Director at Carnegie Hall with his quintet for New Tango, and special guests such as The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Gary Burton, Ryota Komatsu, and Argentinean singers: Maria Grana and J.A.Trelles. Then they do a Video shoot for the New York Public Television about that concert. Back in Argentina he participates as a guest for Sony Classical/Marcelo Alvarez (classical tenor) in the recording of an album.  On May 29th he is invited to participate in "Musica de las Americas" for The Smithsonian Institution which takes place in Washington (USA) where he is honored for his contribution for the evolution of Tango with a bronze plaque. Later he plays with his Quintet for New Tango in "The Friburgo Winter Festival in New Friburgo (Brazil). In October Ziegler plays with his Quintet in Jazz Alley in Seattle California and in The University Of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California (USA). In November, he participates in "The Buenos Aires Tango 2000 Festival" with his Quintet, playing in "El Auditorio del Centro Cultural Recoleta."

In January 2000 he travels to Sydney (Australia) to play and conduct "The Sydney Symphonic Orchestra" a selection of his CD "Tango Romance" in a musical show together with the argentine choreographer Miguel Angel Zotto in "The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall". He then travels to The States to play his piano duet "Los Tangueros" with Christopher O'Riley at The Temple Theater in Tacoma and at The Meydenbauer Theater in Seattle (Washington) and at The Spivey Hall in Clayton College & State University in Morrow in Atlanta (Georgia).  In March same year he gives three Master Classes in The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY) ending with a concert with his Quintet for New Tango. Later as part of The Festival "Celebrate Buenos Aires" He performs with his Quintet in the Winter Garden (World Financial Center).  In April he starts a tour through Europe with "The New Tango Duo" together with Quique Sinesi (guitar) and Walter Castro (bandoneon) as a guest.
They play in Graz, Vienna and Innsbruck (Austria), in Bologna and Ciampino (Italy), in Aarhus and Copenhagen (Denmark), In Zurich and Basel (Switzerland) and in Munchen, Dresden, Magdeburg, Bonn and Berlin (Germany).  In June Ziegler participates in the 28th Annual JVC Jazz Festival-New York, playing at Carnegie Hall on June 17th in Tango "Passion & Swing" starring the show with his Quintet for New Tango with Joe Lovano, Gary Burton and Paquito D'Rivera, as his guests, Julia Zenko from Argentina and Dancers from Forever Tango shared the show. He later plays in Yale University and in Connecticut College New London in The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and then travels to Japan to play six concerts in Tokyo with his Quintet. In New Hampshire he plays with "The North Country Chamber Players" and then in August participates with his Quintet in The Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Comes back to Argentina and is invited by Paquito D'Rivera to play in The Colon Theatre (piano and clarinet). In September he plays with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London in San Pablo (Brazil). Returns to Argentina and participates with his quintet in the "First International Jazz Festival de Los Siete Lagos" in Bariloche. He then gives two concerts at "El Centro Cultural San Martin", plays in "La Universidad de C. Empresariales y Sociales" and in "Radio Nacional", always with his Quintet. He then presents for the first time in Argentina "New Tango Sessions" with a trio (piano, guitar and bandoneon) in Opera Prima at "El Paseo La Plaza". Ending the year Ziegler performs at The Umbria Jazz Winter Festival, which takes place in Orvieto (Italy) and features two nights with his Quintet and three guests: Paquito D'Rivera, Joe Lovano and Richard Galliano. One night with his trio and Paquito D'Rivera and one night only his trio.

He starts 2001 playing in The International Jazz Festival of Punta del Este at "The Tambo El Sosiego" (Uruguay) with his quintet and three guests: Paquito D'Rivera, Joe Lovano and Dave Samuels in vibraphone. On January 13 he plays with his piano duet at Southern Theater in Columbus, Ohio (USA) then he plays with his Quintet on the 19 at The Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas and on the 20th in the Hogg Auditorium of The University of Texas in Austin, Texas (USA) On the 26th the Piano duet plays at The Connecticut College Auditorium in New London and on February 2nd he plays with his Quintet in The Auditorium of the University of Maryland.
He then travels to Sydney, Australia where he conducts and plays three concerts with the soloists of The Sydney Symphonic Orchestra at "The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall". He then is invited to participate with his quintet in "The Buenos Aires Tango Festival " on March 4th and plays in The Terrace of the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires (Argentina).  On March 15 and 16 Ziegler plays with the Stavanger Symphonic Orchestra in "The Stavanger Concert Hall", in Bjergsted Music Center in Stavanger, Norway.  At the end of the month he starts a tour with The New Tango Duo with Quique Sinesi and Walter Castro as a guest by several cities in Europe such as: "Jazzhouse" in Copenhagen, (Denmark) "Musikforeningen Piektrum" in Lund and "Nefertiti" in Goteborg (Sweden) "Alter Schiachthof" in Soest, "Passionskirche" in Berlin, "Waschhaus" in Potsdam, "Domicil" in Dortmund, "Hotel Bayerischer Hof-Night Club" in Munchen and "Karistorbahnohof" in Heidelberg (Germany) "Moods im Schiffbau" in Zurich (Switzerland), "Printemps Musical Festival de Luxembourg " (Luxemburg), "Scen Wien" in Wien, (Austria) and "Teatro Sociale" in Cremona (Italy). In July he is invited to play in Buenos Aires as guest of Cecilia Rosetto's show called "Rojotango" in three opportunities. Then on July, Friday 6 and 13th he plays with his "New Tango Trio" at "Tobago Cigar & Arts Cafe". In August he leaves to Chicago, Illinois where he performs with his piano duet at Ravinia Festival on the 9th and then participates of "From the Top" by radio. September finds him in Denmark performing three concerts as a guest of Mads Vinding and Martin Andersen (Doublebase and drums) with music of his own at Musikcafeen in Arhus, at Gjehset in Frederiksvaerk and at Byggrietshus in Frb. Then he gives workshops, one at Rhyehmic Copenhagen Conservatory and another one at Arhus Conservatory. Then invited by Erling Kroner Dream Quintet he plays with them at Jazzhus Dexter, in Odense, at Holbaek Jazzklub in Holbaek, at Copenhagen Jazzhouse in Copenhagen and at Baltoppen in Ballerup.

He returns to Argentina and presents himself in the VIP of the Restaurant "Cabana Las Lilas" in Puerto Madero. And in October travels to New York where he records a CD with Mezzosoprano Denyce Graves does the arrangements, directs and plays three songs of Carlos Guastavino and three of Astor Piazzolla. Then he plays with his new formation in trio Satoshi Takeishi in Drums and Pablo Aslan in Doublebass giving three Concerts at the Argentinean Consulate in New York. He then travels to Israel performing with his Quintet, at "The Rappaport Hall" in Haifa, at The Opera House Performing Center in Tel-Aviv, and at "The Jerusalem Theatre" in Jerusalem.

He returns to Buenos Aires to perform with his New Tango Trio (piano, bandoneon and guitar) at Notorius in what was called "Musica Notoria" on December, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th. And at the end of the year he makes his debut with his new formation The Pablo Ziegler Trio (Piano, Double Bass and Drums) at Tobago on Saturday 15th and 29th December.

In 2002 Ziegler plays with his Quintet at Joe's Pub (Public Theatre) in New York (USA), at UCLA (Royce Hall) in Los Angeles, California, and at Ithaca College (Ford Hall) in New York. He then goes to Argentina to participate of the 4th Tango Festival held in Buenos Aires were he plays for the first time with his three formations, (two trios and the Quintet) at The Teatro Presidente Alvear. He then starts a tour with his New Tango Trio through Potsdam, Berlin, Munich, Heidelberg, Puchheim, Neuburg, Frankfurt and Bonn (Germany) and through Graz and Salzburg in Austria. Then with his Quintet gives a concert as a part of the New World Symphony Festival Piazzolla at The Lincoln Theatre in Miami Beach (USA) Travels to Korea and gives two concerts in Seoul with his Quintet at The Seoul Arts Center and at The Hyundai Motors Art Hall.  He travels to Italy in the month of May for rehearsals and Presentations at Ravenna Festival (Alighieri Theatre) Three Performances of "Operita Maria de Buenos Aires as Maestro Concertatore and Musical Director on June 13, 14 and 15. Also at the Teatro Comunale de Bologna on June 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 26th and 28th with the same Play. After these successful shows he starts a tour with his Quintet on June 30th by Schauspielhaus in Zurich, Switzerland, then in July at Kassel Kulturzelt, and Kiel Jazzbaltica, both in Germany, then he presents himself at Jazz house (Copenhagen Jazz Festival) in Denmark, then at (Jutters Festival) in wijk Aan Zee in Holland, at the London Tate Modern in London England, at the Klaversommer in Munich and at the (Jena Festival), both in Germany.  In August he travels to The States and plays in the Summer Festival: "Music in the White Mountains" in New Hampshire with the "North Country Chamber Players" and Branford Marsalis, sax." Later he plays in Hot Springs (Virginia), at the "Chamber Music Festival" with a Quintet (Piano, bandoneon, doublebass, violin and cello.

He comes back to Buenos Aires, Argentina and presents himself with his Quintet at "El Argentino" (sold out) and later at the Hindu Club Theater with great success.
In December he leaves to New York where he presents himself in one of the most important Jazz Clubs in Manhattan "Jazz Standard" in "Tango meets Jazz" with his group and two marvelous guests: Paquito D'Rivera and James Carter.

He starts 2003 playing in The International Jazz Festival of Punta del Este at "The Tambo El Sosiego" (Uruguay) with a Quartet and two guests , Paquito D'Rivera and Brenda Feliciano, Then he plays at The Metropolitan Theatre in Buenos Aires , Argentina in The 8th Tango Festival with his Quintet.

In 2004, he toured through The Netherlands as Musical Conductor with the Operita "Maria de Buenos Aires" written by Piazzolla and Ferrer, in Veenendaal, two in Den Haag , one of those concerts for the Royal Dutch Family, Gouda, Utrecht, Bergen op Zoom, Amsterdam, Hengelo, Venray, Maastricht, Hoogeveen, Tilburg, Rotterdam, Hasselt (Belgie), Groningen Drachten, Eindhoven, Weert, Arnhem and in the Spring Festival in Budapest,(Hungary) Later in Buenos Aires, Argentina he is interviewed at Fundacion Konex by the music critic Antonio Rapallo, about his ideas between Tango and Jazz. On June a new work by Pablo Ziegler called "Places" was presented at Corsham Festival in Great Britain, commissioned by this Festival and played by "Tango Siempre" which has developed a reputation as the UK's leading tango ensemble.
Then Ziegler plays 5 concerts with his three trios at La Revuelta , then is part of The Tribute to Paquito D'Rivera for his 50 years with the music at The Colon Theatre , and later he performs with his quintet at The Regio Theatre as part of the II International Tango Festival , he goes on playing in different places in Buenos Aires, Argentina before leaving to a tour to Europe and New York.

Cuerteto para el Nuevo Tango (1990); La Conexion Portena (1990); Symphonic Tango (1991); Los Tangueros (1996); Asfalto (1998); Tango Romance (1998); Bajo Cero

Television broadcasts:
Tango Magic, a video shown by television through all The United States and performed live with his Quintet giving interviews by Channel Thirteen (PBS).

The film 18-J had its premiere in July 2004. 10 stories, 10 directors and 10 Producing Agencies made this film in a tribute to the victims of the bombing of the Amia 10 years ago in Buenos Aires. In the story "Shame" directed by Alejandro Doria, script by Aida Bornik produced by Patagonik Film Group and with the actress Susu Pegoraro, the music "Balada para mi muerte" by Piazzolla was played by Pablo Ziegler.

 Contact information:
webpage: www.pabloziegler.com


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