The Camerata Argentina de Guitarras was founded at the end of 2008 by Nicolás Gagliani, Sebastián Pompilio and Leonardo Coluccia (Musical Director 2009-2015) with the mission of producing a renewal in the Argentinean guitar scene. In order to accomplish this, the work focused on two objectives. First, the study and popularisation of the existing original repertoire for this kind of ensemble and, moreover, encouragement, through various means, for the composition of new music works.
After nine uninterrupted concert seasons –nowadays under the musical direction of Martín Marino– these goals are beginning to become apparent
The Camerata Argentina de Guitarras has been able to premiere the most outstanding original repertoire for guitar ensemble in Argentina. In turn, it has been involved in worldwide premieres of works especially dedicated to this guitar ensemble by Argentinian and international composers. Including the renowned Cuban composer Leo Brouwer.
In addition to original works for guitar ensemble, chamber and orchestral transcriptions are an important part of its repertoire
The Camerata has performed in the finest concert halls and theaters in Buenos Aires City and its greater metropolitan area: CCK (Sala Argentina and Salón de Honor), Usina del Arte, Buenos Aires University School of Law Concert Hall (Auditorio de la Facultad de Derecho), National Library, Colonial Theater (Teatro Colonial), Payró Theater, Oval Hall of the Buenos Aires Legislature, CC Borges, CC Recoleta, UNSAM Experimental Art Center, etc.
The ensemble took part in the “Guitarras del Mundo Festival” (2013 and 2015 editions). The performances were held at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, Centro Nacional de la Música and the Auditorio León F. Rigolleau in Berazategui.
In 2015 the ensemble was convened by the Universidad Nacional de San Martín to work in a new guitar technologies forum organised by IRCAM researchers (France).
In 2017, the Camerata took part in an homage concert to the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer during his first visit to Argentina. It was held in the Sala Argentina of the Centro Cultural Kirchner. At this time, in addition to working directly with the composer, they performed the world premiere of “Concerto Grosso” for guitar orchestra (work dedicated to the Camerata) and the South American premiere of the “Concierto de Tricastin” for two solo guitars and guitar orchestra with Eduardo Isaac and Juan Almada.
The Camerata has a discography amounting to two independently-released albums: “La Ciudad de las Mil Cuerdas” (2013) and “Fuego Nuevo” (2017).
The second album is entirely devoted to Latin American music and features works by A. Piazzolla, J. Farias and A. Marquez. It was recorded at ION, a legendary recording studio in Buenos Aires city. They are currently working on their 3rd album which consists of Leo Brouwer’s complete works for guitar ensemble.
The Camerata Argentina de Guitarras’s activities were declared “of cultural interest” by the Buenos Aires City Legislature in 2014.
“The Camerata Argentina de Guitarras’s existence and permanence are auspicious”.
Mauro Apicella. La Nación. (Argentinian newspaper)
“An ensemble I would love to hear live.”
Tim Panting Classical Guitar Magazine (England)
“It was followed by another masterful performance, the Concierto de Tricastin for two solo guitars and guitar orchestra, with solo performances by Eduardo Isaac and Juan Almada.”
Maylín Vidal. Prensa Latina (CUBA)
Musical Director: Martín Marino.
Artistic Director: Nicolás Gagliani.
Communications: Maximiliano Luna.
Musicians: Andrés Vaccarelli, Nicolas Gagliani, Mariano Ruarte, Rafael Compte, Ignacio Bolla, Christian Serravalle, Francisco Alonso, Maximiliano Luna, Walter Moisello, Leonardo Lucero, Germán Rodger, Joaquín García, Manuela Iparraguirre, Demian Gustavino y Joaquín Vaca.