ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, Leonardo Suarez Paz
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Leonardo Suarez Paz is known for his uncommon talent as a singer, a career he began at the age of 6, a tango dancer and choreographer and an artist who “possesses a unique spirit and is a virtuoso extraordinaire on the violin” (Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York). Leonardo made his debut as a violinist at age 14, gaining experience as a classical and tango musician. At 16, he became the youngest member of the Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón Opera House in Buenos Aires. As a classical musician he recorded with Placido Domingo, accompanied Alfredo Kraus, Aaron Rosand, was a soloist for Julio Boca’s Ballet Argentino and concertmaster and soloist for Savion Glover’s Classical Savion. He was featured on the GRAMMY-award winning albums 100 Años de Mariachi with Placido Domingo, Tango, with Carlos Franzetti and Ruben Blades, Amarte Es Un Placer with Luis Miguel and performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Spoleto and Umbria Jazz Festivals in Italy and others. His Jazz credits include working with Stanley Jordan, Cody Moffett, Steve Kuhn and Jim Hall. Leonardo Suarez Paz premiered his Tango Violin Concerto, Nuevos Aires, in New York in 2016. He arranges and composes for soloists, chamber groups and orchestras including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
Leonardo is a 4th generation Tango artist, billed by the press as "Tango Royalty" (All About Jazz, UK./ Erie-Times News). He grew up along side and was mentored by composer Astor Piazzolla, his parents - violinist Fernando Suarez Paz, who was Piazzolla's collaborator for over a decade, singer Beatriz Suarez Paz and Horacio Ferrer, who was Piazzolla's lyricist and the co-creator of Nuevo Tango. Leonardo Suarez Paz and has worked as a soloist with most of Tango’s legendary figures including Mariano Mores, Horacio Salgan, Atilio Stampone, Osvaldo Berlingieri, Nestor Marconi, Horacio Ferrer, Federico Scorticatti, Tanya, Osvaldo Requena and many others and was featured as a dancer and violin soloist in the iconic shows of Tangox2, Perfumes de Tango and The Mariano Mores Show. Leonardo was the only violin soloist to be featured in both Broadway tango productions of Tango Argentino and Forever Tango. He was featured in "Troilo de los 40" and Cafe de Los Maestros. He brings forth a new vision of Argentina's rich genre and is "surely now the torchbearer of Argentine Tango and the legacy of its greatest composer, Astor Piazzolla" (D. Heining, All About Jazz).
His numerous projects and his productions have appeared from the Teatro Colon Opera House, Teatro Alvear and CCK in Buenos Aires as well as the Buenos Aires Tango Festival to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at the Latin GRAMMY Awards live, following a double Latin GRAMMY Award nomination in 2012 for his album Masters of Bandoneon, on which he is featured as composer, arranger and violinist. He has released recordings on the EMI label, Azica/Naxos with his projects. The sound of his violin can be heard on numerous film tracks including Flawless with Robert De Niro, Bossa Nova, The Imposters, Circo De Arrabal and many others. Leonardo Suarez Paz is an educator and lecturer and is an Official Ambassador of the the Academia Nacional del Tango in Buenos Aires.
PRESIDENT, Olga Suarez Paz
Olga Suarez Paz, an emerging talent of tango who been praised by the critics for the “high quality” of her dancing, the “stunning vocal performance” (Mike Telin, Cleveland Classical), "beautiful" (Fox 5, Good Day NY) expression and "sensual tangos" (goFasano). She studied classical dance and theater and made her debut as a tango dancer with Andrea Misse’s Tangodanza. She performed with Opus Cuatro and the show at the historic Café de Los Angelitos in Buenos Aires before partnering with Leonardo Suarez Paz in 2009. Since then, Olga Suarez Paz has been featured as a principal dancer internationally in venues including CCK in Buenos Aires, for the closing of the Festival Piazzolla 25 Años, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (2011, 2012, 2013), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Conservatorio di Musica M. Benedetto and Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice, Italy as part of cultural events during the Venice Biennale of Art, Flipside Festival in UK and Fasanomusic Festival (Italy) among others. She has been featured in Cuartetango's show with Savion Glover, Tango, Tap & Fire, accompanying the Latin star Luis Miguel in Argentina, on Fox 5 Good Day New York, at the National Museum of Dance in the United States, representing Tango Pasion company and in the Argentine documentary Circo de Arrabal, about Grammy-winning composer Carlos Franzetti, with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Knickerbocker Orchestra of New York, GGFSO and many others. She is a principle dancer of Romance de Tango and Cuartetango Music & Dance Company since 2009, and since 2014, the Assistant Artistic Director of the above companies, which have been featured at the Teatro Colon Opera House, Teatro Alvear, Buenos Aires Tango Festival, on PBS, Fox 5, Ebru TV, in films and at the Latin Grammy Awards live, following a double Latin Grammy nomination. She is currently featured in Symphonic Tango, a project that will toured Italy 2018 and in the production of Savion Glover & Leonardo Suarez Paz: Tango, Tap & Fire, where she is featured as a tango dancer.