Pianist & composer 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 tango argentino and contemporary classical, "post-tonal" music (Astor Piazzolla and Karlheinz Stockhausen are his musical grandfathers, so to say). Solare unifies in his person -and his aesthetic- diverse tensions: contemporary music and tango argentino, South and North, composition and performance... The stylistic elements of his musical Oeuvre include a tendency to aphoristic, a quote of unbribable melancholy, a dose of irony and humor, and an aspiration towards sublimity. "Art music and light music are not irreconcilable extremes, but poles in a force field", says Solare about his "musical bilingualism". These tensions don't lead to an arbitrary eclecticism, but to a balanced equilibration among music styles that use to be separated in an almost aseptic way. In Solare's Work, these differences can -may- coexist without contradictions.
After his diplomas in piano, composition and conducting at the Conservatorio Nacional in Buenos Aires, he undertook postgraduate studies with Fritsch, Barlow, Humpert and Kagel (in Cologne) and Lachenmann (in Stuttgart). He was musically influenced by the avant garde classical (Stockhausen, Lachenmann and Kagel - his former teachers) - as well as disparate composers/performers by Liszt, Satie, Scriabin, Piazzolla and The Beatles.
Twenty CDs by different performers include at least one piece by Solare. His music has been performed in five continents (Antarctica still missing): from Japan to New York, from Australia to Greece.
As a soloist or in different ensembles, Solare has given over 400 concerts in Argentina, in Germany (Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Bonn, Hannover, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Munich, Berlin) and in the rest of Europe (Amsterdam, Geneva, Seville, Madrid, Granada, Oviedo, Copenhagen, London, Graz, Istanbul). He also toured Texas (USA) in 2013.
Currently he teaches Tango Music at the University of Bremen (where he conducts the Orquesta No Típica) and Composition and Arrangement at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. He also conducts the orchestra of the Bremer Orchestergemeinschaft.
"A full-blooded musician." (Hans-Joachim Brandt, Wümme Zeitung, Lilienthal) "He is integer, tolerant, very friendly: a very rare spirit." (Karlheinz Stockhausen) "Open, completely unacademic and really original, and by no means superficial; moreover a subtle human being." (Helmut Lachenmann)