Composer & pianist Juan María Solare (Buenos Aires, 1966), an Argentine living in Germany, is one of those musicians that open scarcely travelled paths. The singularity of his music stems from the confluence between post-Piazzollian tango and classical contemporary music. His peculiar style represents a synthesis of North and South, classical and popular, wit and melancholy, performance and composition, avant-gard and and retro-garde (“vintage”…). “Art music and light music are not irreconcilable extremes, but poles in a force field“, says Solare about his “musical bilingualism“.
Composition degrees at the IUNA (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte), Buenos Aires and at the Hochschule für Musik Köln (with Johannes Fritsch, Clarence Barlow, Hans Ulrich Humpert and Mauricio Kagel). Studies in Stuttgart with Helmut Lachenmann. Regular assistant to the composition courses of Karlheinz Stockhausen in Kürten, Germany. “A full-blooded musician.” (Hans-Joachim Brandt, Wümme Zeitung, Lilienthal) “He is integer, tolerant, very friendly: a very rare spirit.” (Karlheinz Stockhausen).
His music has been included in several short films (experimental, documentary, suspense). He won eleven composition prizes in Argentina, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria and Spain. More than thirty CDs by different performers include at least one piece by Juan María Solare. Soloists and ensembles from Japan to New York, from Australia to Greece, have played his music. Premieres or recitals in London (St. Martin in the Fields), Texas (Rudder Theatre), Graz (Orpheum Theater), München (Residenz), Tokyo (Salon Tessera), Australia (Melbourne Recital Centre), New York (Carnegie Hall), Darmstadt (Ferienkurse für Neue Musik), Hamburg (Festival blurred edges, Festival Eigenarten, Festival Katarakt), Bremen (Die Glocke), Berlin (Konzerthaus), etc.
He has given piano recitals in Buenos Aires and dozens of Argentinean cities, plus Berlin, Istanbul, Finland, Denmark, Amsterdam, Madrid, Graz, Geneva, Seville, London, Texas… The audience at his concerts is fascinated by his warmth and quality. As a pianist with over 400 concerts on his account, he has participated at the World Tango Summit on three occasions.
Solare conducts the Orquesta no Típica at the university of Bremen (Germany). At the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen he teaches Composition and Arrangements. He also conductes the chamber orchestra of the Bremer Orchestergemeinschaft. He is the editor of four piano albums for the publishing house Ricordi Munich. He is currently (2019) editing an album for voice and piano (Tango Canción) for Peters Verlag (Lepizig).