Fernando Otero was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, now residing in New
York, and has been a professional composer and performer for over 15
years. His music, written mainly in the Tango genre, combine beauty of
sound with classical elements and contemporary influences. His early
musical training was on classical piano and singing lessons he received
from his mother, Elsa Marval, renowned opera singer and pianist. In
Buenos Aires he absorbed the classic Tango style and Argentinean
folklore. He studied Orchestration, Conducting, Harmony and Composition
at the Galvani Conservatory in Argentina, followed by the study of
instruments the accordion, bandoneón, charango and percussion. He began
writing music for piano, choir and small groups of instruments, such as
String quartets and Woodwinds quintets and including the use of the
bandoneón in most of his works.
Utilizing folk elements and traditional techniques, Otero achieved an
original modern style that has been very well-received by audiences
throughout Europe, the United States and South America. Since 1981, he
has been working as composer, conductor and productor, becoming known
for his arrangements and musical direction for acclaimed artists,
recording more than 20 albums for several major labels.
He has performed in more than 30 countries, in stages like the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Teatro de la Villa (Madrid), etc. He has written award-winnig music for the theater, ballet and feature films, with premieres in Japan, USA, Europe, Mexico and Argentina. He has written two Concerts for Bandoneón and Orchestra as well as orchestral pieces and has worked with several Symphonic Orchestras and chamber ensembles.
In 1990 he wrote and recorded his first CD, X-Tango, which display the essence of the "New Tango" form and intense personal emotion. As Dominique Denis described in an article for L'Express de Toronto:
"In X-Tango, composer-pianist Fernando Otero liberates the tango from the kind of rigid romanticism perpetuated in the Broadway-style productions that have become the main tango reference for so many people. Without betraying the fundamental passion of the tango, Otero pushes the boundaries of the idiom, both structural and orchestral. This allows him to convey the dichotomy at its very core - highly civilized yet somehow untamed. A courageous and mature work, X-Tango is for those who dare to follow the tango down new paths, in these post-Piazzolla years."
(Dominique Denis - L'Express de Toronto)
Sometime later he recorded the albums Revision, Solo and
in which the development of his own style appear. Recently he has
recorded in New York his new album Siderata, which includes music for
2 Bandoneons, Violin, Cello, Double bass, String Orchestra and Piano.
His CDs where published at Ediciones Pentagrama
143 Madison Avenue #302
New York, New York 10016