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Soledad

In ten years, Soledad has developed a good reputation all over the world.
On stage, the band plays with such intensity that it seduces and fascinates every spectator.
Moreover, the members of Soledad have been invited on the major stages of jazz and classical music.
“Soledad Ó”, their 1st album, has been awarded CD of the Year by the magazine Le Monde de la Musique.
“Del Diablo”, their 2nd album, has been applauded by the international press.
“Passage”, the 3rd album, devoted to the music of Frédéric Devreese and with the contribution of Philip Catherine has just been brought out by EMI/Virgin Classics.

The ensemble Soledad was born in 1995, when five young students from Brussels discovered a common passion for the music of Astor Piazzolla. They specialized themselves in the interpretation of the “Nuevo Tango”, with a line-up of Accordion/Bandoneon, Violin, Piano, Guitar and Double bass.
The originality of this formation and its personality arouse the interest of several contemporary composers like Frederic Devreese, Alberto Iglesias and Daniel Capelletti, and also brought the musicians of the group to write their own arrangements, coloured by their various influences. This modern approach takes Soledad on the way traced by Piazzolla and opens new musical prospects.
The first concerts of Soledad have immediately seduced both public and press, their reputation has quickly grown in Belgium and also abroad, and they have won several prizes at various contests of chamber music.
The ensemble performs in the largest venues and international festivals, like The Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, The Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Grand auditorium du Palais des Festival in Cannes (Victoires de la Musique 2002), the new Brussels venue Flagey, the Festival La Roque d’Anthéron in France, Euromeet jazz and Veneto Jazz festivals in Italy, Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon, Miami Festival in Florida, the Argerich festival of Taipei (Taiwan), Lugano Festival (Switzerland), Beppu (Japan), Festival van Vlaanderen, and Montreal Jazz Festival.
In April 2000, after one of their concerts in the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Brussels, they met Martha Argerich, who was very impressed by Soledad and invited them to perform on various international scenes.
In January 2002, Soledad was chosen to close the ceremony of the “Victories de la Musique Classique” in a direct broadcast show on TV channel France 3. The group was also nominated “Best Young Musician of the Year” by the Union of the Belgian Musical Press.
In December 2002, the group received the “Choc de l’Année”of the leading French classical magazine Le Monde de la Musique for their first album “Soledad” (on Virgin Classics).
In 2003, their second album “Del Diablo” was released on Virgin Classics and received great acclaim in the national and international press.
During 2004 Soledad was invited at festivals like La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival of Wallonia, Festival of Flanders, also to Canada, and the United States.
In 2005 the ensemble toured in Japan, Canada, France, Italy, etc, and had the honor to be chosen to perform the annual concert for the Royal Palace of Belgium on October 25, which was broadcasted “live” on both national TV stations.
Their new CD “Passage”, dedicated to the music of Frédéric Devreese and with the collaboration of great jazz guitarist Philip Catherine, was release in October 2006 on EMI/Virgin Classics, and has received rave reviews.
Soledad has just been selected as national ensemble in order to represent Belgium and the Bruxelles area for the 175th anniversary of the country. A CD, dedicated to the music of Stravinsky, for Virgin Classics, will be released in 2008.
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