classical music

Fernando Otero: Buenos Aires 2020

This event has been rescheduled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis: all tickets are valid for the new date.

Latin Grammy-winning composer, pianist and vocalist Fernando Otero makes a rare London appearance with a programme inspired by his home city of Buenos Aires.

Drawing on Argentina’s rich musical history, Otero performs his own compositions alongside works by Piazzolla and Ariel Ramirez, whose collections of folksongs and masses, including Misa Criolla, are world-renowned. Otero also reveals his connections with opera through the inspiration of his mother, international opera singer and actress, Elsa Marval.

Otero’s work displays song-like melodicism, expressiveness and a wide palette of colours, blending elements of classical contemporary music and improvisation while acknowledging tango as a starting point.

The evening takes in Otero’s 2017 album Solo Buenos Aires, a collection of songs written during the early 20th century, and Buenos Aires Now, featuring his own compositions for bandoneon and piano.

A classically-trained virtuoso pianist and composer, Otero has recorded sixteen albums as a solo artist, including the breakout release Pagina de Buenos Aires, performed worldwide and collaborated with Paquito D’Rivera, the Kronos Quartet, Quincy Jones and Eddie Gómez.

Otero won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Album for Vital and received two Latin Grammy nominations for his album Ritual, as Best Classical Album and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

Urbane and exotic, surreal and streetwise, and alive with invention and emotion
Otero creates a distinctive and unusual sound that's close to classical music (Bartók, Crumb, Adams), yet with the vigour and improvised spirit you associate with jazz and world music.


Fernando Otero piano, melodeon, vocals
Ann Liebeck singer
Lysandre Donoso bandoneon
Caroline Pearsall violin
Tom Mason double bass


Fernando Otero: Piringundin; Desde adentro; Pagina de Buenos Aires; Crescent Moon (World premiere); Prima donna
Ariel Ramirez: Alfonsina y el mar
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Pedro Laurenz: Como dos extraños
Fernando Otero: Siderata; Globalizacion
Fernando Otero: Arbolitos; Aguaribay; La Vista gorda
Lucio Demare: Malena
Fernando Otero: Manifestacion; Gaura; Medusa; Putrusa
Anibal Troilo: Sur
Fernando Otero: La Abundancia; Sublevados

Dates & times

25 Sep 2020
Approximate run time: 135 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Purcell Room


£17 - £27
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£17, £22, £27


25% off (limited availability)
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