Marcelo Nizinman is a world-famous bandoneon performer, composer and arranger, who raised the game on bandoneon and tango to a new level.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1970, studied the bandoneon game with Julio Panet and the composition with Guillermo Greitzer in Buenos Aires and Detlev Mueller-Siemens in Basel.
In demand as a soloist, performing with orchestras at festivals around the world. He performed with Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Gary Burton, Fernando Suarez Pas, the brothers of Assad, the chamber orchestra Britten Sinfonia and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Charles Duthoit. He performed as a soloist with the WDR Grand Orchestra under the direction of Vince Mendoza, the Chamber Orchestra Arpedegion, the National Orchestra of the Loire Country under the leadership of John Axelrod, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgrade and others.
His works are diverse and original in origin in Buenos Aires. Nizinman also draws inspiration from other forms and techniques, creating his own style, which violates the traditions and rules of «Musica Porteña» («Music from Buenos Aires»). He composed music for different compositions of the symphony orchestra, string quartet, and in 2004 wrote his first chamber opera «Senor Retortcimentos», which premiered in Basel. In 2008 he was a composer at the residence of the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, and since then he has been invited as a composer and performer to many other festivals, including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), the International Chamber Music Festival Sonoro (Bucharest) Consonances (Saint-Nazaire, France). In 2011, he was invited as an artist and composer for the Zeitkunst Festival in Berlin and the Pompidou Center in Paris. Nizinman also created a number of vocal works, including «Desvios» with the text of Carlos Trafich (released on Acqua Records, 2009) and a new version of «Maria de Buenos Aires» (Acqua Records, 2010).
In 2009, together with the clarinetist, Chenem Halevi formed his own quartet «Tango Factory». The group united four very different musicians, studying the tango, playing the works of Nizinman, Porat and the arrangement of Nizinman’s works by Piazzolla, Vail and others. In 2012, Marcelo performed the premiere of his play for bandoneon and the orchestra «Dark Blue Tango» together with the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina under the guidance of Facundo Agudin. Was invited by String Quartet Vogler to Ireland and Germany as a composer and performer. He also performed as a performer and composer with Martha Argerich and Friends at the Music Festival in Ravenna (Italy) 2013.
During 2014, as a composer, he collaborated with Gerard Depardieu and Philippe Graffin, and in 2015 — with the Big Band WDR along with Pacquito D’River. In 2014 and 2015, the premieres of «Tango Diana» and «Tango Daniel» were held. Also in 2015, in Europe and South America, Philippe Pinto-Ribeiro performed the world premiere of Nisinman’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires for piano solo.
In November 2015, Buenos Aires hosted the premiere of his works «Tango Man» and «4 am Tango» for bandoneon and orchestra, together with the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina under the direction of Christian Baldini.
During the Kuhmo Festival in Finland in 2016, Alberto Mesirka performed the premiere of Nisinman’s solo guitar «Tango Alberto». In early 2016, Tango «Nahum» for violin and orchestra was performed for the first time by Nahum Erlich in Karlsruhe, Germany. In March 2017, the premiere of his 6 pieces for the bandoneon and the Symphony Orchestra was performed at the Solis Theater together with the Symphonic Brass Band Montevideo, Uruguay.
Yoichi Sugiyama (born in 1969 in Tokyo) has studied orchestral conducting with Emilio Pomàrico and Morihiro Okabe as well as composition with Franco Donatoni, Sandro Gorli and Akira Miyoshi. He is active both as a conductor and as a composer in Europe and Japan.
Since he conducted Luigi Nono’s opera Prometeo with the Ensemble Modern Orchestra in 2000, he’s been involved in various important international festivals such as Wien Modern, Festival d’Automne (Paris), Milano Musica, Verdi Festival (Parma), Settembre Musica and Suntory Summer Festival. Sugiyama has collaborated with various prestigious orchestras and ensembles, including Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Arena di Verona, New Japan Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philarmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Orchestra Friuli Venezia Giulia, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Izumi Sinfonietta, Orchestra Regionale Marchigiana, Orchestra Sinfonica della Repubblica di San Marino, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile, Klangforum Wien, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps, Remix Ensemble, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Alter Ego, Collegium Novum Zürich, Icarus Ensemble, Ensemble dell’Accademia della Scala and mdi ensemble.
As a composer, Yoichi Sugiyama’s pieces can be heard at various international festivals such as Biennale di Venezia, Milano Musica, Beyond the Frontier, Tiroler Festspiele, Erl, Bologna Angelica Festival), Festival d’Autunno (Paris), Takefu International Music Festival, etc. In 2015, Sugiyama was invited as the theme composer from Music from Japan Festival in NYC.
Sugiyama received the Italian Composers’ Society Award in 1994, Keizo Saji Prize from the Suntory Foundation for Arts in 2013, the Toshi Ichiyanagi’s Contemporary Prize in 2017 and the Art Encouragement Prize from the Government in 2018.
He has been residing in Milan and he is currently teaching at Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano “Claudio Abbado”.