Springfest: Tango Canyengue

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Springfest: Tango Canyengue
Monday, April 10th, 2017
12:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Springfest 2017
Free

Xavier Beteta will perform tangos of the "Old Guard," the original tango style that was danced in the outskirts and poor neighborhoods of Buenos Aires in the early 20th century.


Concert Program (PDF)


Xavier is originally from Guatemala City where he studied piano at the National Conservatory. At age 18, he was awarded the first-prize at the Augusto Ardenois National Piano Competition and third-prize at the Rafael Alvarez Ovalle Composition Competition in Guatemala. He continued his piano studies in the United States with Argentinean pianist Sylvia Kersenbaum and with Russian pianist Sergei Polusmiak. He has attended master-classes with pianists Massimiliano Damerini and Daniel Rivera in Italy, and he has also performed as a soloist with the Guatemalan National Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, Xavier studied privately in Guatemala with Rodrigo Asturias. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Composition at the University of California San Diego, where he has studied with Roger Reynolds, Chinary Ung, and Philippe Manoury. In 2013, Xavier won the Second Prize at the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition in Prague.

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