Initially, but not exclusively, devoted to tango Nuevo, Soledad have always had their own sound, their own style and their own ambience; whichever extraordinary composers they work with (and they are always extraordinary), when Soledad play music, they make it reverberate, resonating “Soledad”. (M.D.M, La Libre)
SOLEDAD was formed in 1995 when five young musicians with a solid classical background came together. A group united in harmony and through a love of Astor Piazzolla’s work, they primarily specialise in interpreting tango nuevo. The group is primarily based around the accordion/bandonéon, violin, piano, guitar and double bass.
The ensemble's originality and personality have captured the interest of many contemporary composers, including Frédéric Devreese, Alberto Iglesias, Daniel Capelletti and Richard Galliano to name but a few, and the group’s musicians have composed their own pieces inspired by a wide range of influences. With their current approach, SOLEDAD follow in the footsteps of Piazzolla whilst paving the way to new musical horizons.
The group’s interpretation has very quickly earned plaudits from the auditoria. Winners of various chamber music competitions both at home in Belgium and abroad, SOLEDAD are now to be seen performing at some of the most prestigious international venues and festivals:
The Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels;
the Suntory Hall, Tokyo;
the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam;
the Audi Jazz Festival;
the Blue Note Records Festival (supporting Chick Corea and Gary Burton);
the Stade de France, Paris;
the main auditorium in the Palais des festivals, Cannes (Victoires de la Musique 2002);
the New Morning, Paris;
the Konzerthaus, Vienna;
the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Canada;
the Maison de la Radio grand re-opening Festival, Brussels;
Studio 4, Flagey, Brussels;
the Roque d' Anthéron International Festival, France;
the Euromeet and Veneto Jazz festivals, Italy;
The Autumn Concert at the Palais Royal in Brussels, broadcast live on the RTBF and VRT radio stations, and broadcast for the New Year Concert by the ARTE channel;
the Festspielhaus, St. Pölten, Austria;
the Al Bustan Festival, The Lebanon;
the Luxembourg Philharmonic;
the Miami Festival, Florida;
the Argerich Festivals in Taipei (Taiwan), Lugano (Switzerland) and Beppu (Japan);
the Palais des Congrès, Paris ...
Whilst playing a concert at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in April 2002, they met Martha Argerich. She invited them to play with her at various international venues.
In January 2002, SOLEDAD closed the Victoires de la Musique ceremony which was broadcast live in France. In December 2002 the group were awarded the “Choc de l’année” by the specialist music magazine Le Monde de la Musique for their first album Soledad on the Virgin Classics label.
2002 also saw SOLEDAD nominated for “Young Musician of the Year” by the Union de la Presse Musicale Belge, alongside Piotr Anderszewski, Mikko Franck, Juliane Banse and Leila Josefowicz.
In 2003, SOLEDAD released their second album on the Virgin Classics label, under the evocative title Del Diablo, to great critical acclaim in the national and international press.
In 2004, SOLEDAD performed at such festivals as La Roque D’Anthéron, the Festival of the Walloon Region, Flanders Festival and across Canada, the USA, etc.
The highlights of 2005 included invitations to tour in Japan, Korea and Canada. They were also selected to represent Belgium and the Brussels Capital region to help celebrate the country’s 175th anniversary at a concert at Brussels’ Palais Royal which was broadcast live on RTBF and VRT radio.
In 2006, SOLEDAD released their fourth album Passage, dedicated to the music of Frédéric Devreese and featuring a guest performance by Philip Catherine.
SOLEDAD’s next CD, recorded live at Flagey on 20th and 21st December 2008; is due for release on 30 October 2009 by ENJA Records and features pieces by Manu Comté, Alexander Gurning, Egberto Gismonti, Igor Stravinski, Astor Piazzolla,...