Already in 1944 Leopoldo was engaged by Juan Carlos Cobián, a famous
composer. Very soon he came to Emilio Balcarce, highly admired
by Leopoldo as person, musician, arranger, and composer, but his discrete
violin play. Later, when they had to accompany the vocalist
Alberto Marino the stronger violinist Simón Bajour came in.
In 1946, the time with Alfredo Gobbi begun. “We all bacame mad of
Alfredo Gobbi” remembers Leopoldo. But there were also difficult moments.
Most violinists quit at this orchestra and Gobbi had to play alone. Perhaps
the reason was they had to play at three or four different places a day.
“We started at noon at Richmond, Suipacha, and from there we went to
Marzotto by Corrientes where we finished at 9 p.m. Then we went to
Chacarita by subway to continue in the Bar Argentino until
1:30 a.m. During the rest of the morning we played at El Congo at the
Bonpland street. Sometimes we had no time to close the instruments in their
El Gordo: Always a revolutionary but at the same time a traditionalist (Oscar Zucchi).
In fact: Leopoldo Federico is among the greatest bandoneonists ever and besides Máximo Mori and Gabriel Clausi one of the best arrangers. The sound he gets from his instruments makes his performance unmistakable.
|1927|| born in Buenos Aires, Balvanera, on January 12th, 1927
from modest parents. his father Luis Federico was a free time bandoneonist “by ear”. used to play secretly on his father's bandoneon until at the age of twelve he received a short introduction to the instrument by Ingratta, a local teacher, who soon recognized that his pupil needed the best teacher available. So he continued with Felix Lipesker. But due to financial limitations of his parents, he continued with Francisco Requena
|1944|| professional intiation with the orchestra of
performing at the Cabaret Tabaris
and later with Juan Carlos Cobián
|1945||with Emilio Balcarce and Victor D'Amario|
|1946||Alfredo Gobbi, now as soloist|
|1947|| Orquesta Osmar Maderna
later with the orchestra of the vocalist Alberto Marino under the conduction of the violinist Emilio Balcarce
and the Orquesta Osvaldo Manzi as well,
yet as a famous bandoneonist he was called by several orchestras:
Hector Stamponi, Miguel Caló, Lucio Demare, Mariano Mores, Florindo Sassone, and Carlos Di Sarli
Great success he could achieve with Astor Piazzolla.
|1950-1952||performing the first bandoneon at the orchestra of Horacio Salgán|
|1952||his first own ensemble with Atilio Stampone (piano) performing at the Cabaret Tibidabi|
|1953-1967||permanent at Radio Belgrano and one recording for the label TK: Criolla Linda and Tierrita with Antonio Rodriguez Lesende - vocal and arrangements by Argentino Galvan|
|1954||with the Orquesta Héctor Maria Artola performing for Radio El Mundo|
|1955|| again with Atilio Stampone, but formed part of the
famous Octeto Buenos Aires of Astor Piazzolla, recording
for the labels Allegro and Disk Jockey and performing
in concert halls in Buenos Aires and Montevideo
also performances with the orchestra of the pianist Carlos García and the vocalist Héctor Pacheco
|1958|| performed at the orchestra of
Roberto Rufino y Elsa Rivas,
the permanent orchestra of Radio Belgrano, and made
recordings with the vocalists Laura Esquivel and
Aldo Fabré on Music Hall
Other recordings, also on Music Hall, were made with Los Notables del Tango, performing together with Leo Lipesker (violin), Omar Murtagh (bass), and Manuel Flores or Osvaldo Berlingieri (piano)
|1959|| tour through Central America with Mariano Mores
|1960||founding of the cuartet Pa' que bailen los Muchachos conduced by Domingo Rullio|
|1959-1964||successfull recording cycle with the vocalist Julio Sosa (until Sosa's mortal accident on November, 26th, 1964) and later with the vocalists Ayala and Gari|
|1970-75||Trio with Berlingieri(piano) and Fernando Cabarcos|
|1976||first trip to Japan with his orchestra with important performances during three month in the most important cities|
|1977||performances with Michelángelo|
|1980-1988||performing at El Viejo Almacén|
|1986/9-10||tour through Brazil|
|1986/11-12||performances at Casa Rosada|
|1988||the SADAIC Award Grandes Intérpretes|
|1987-1994||performances at Casablanca|
|1988||third trip to Japan|
|1990||visit to Finland|
|1992||performance at the 50th Granada Festival with his orchestra and as soloist with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Granada, conduced by Osvaldo Requena|
|1985+1995||Konex Award tango instrumentalist|
|1995+1996||sixth trip to Japan|
|1998-2001||President of AADI|
He toured also many countries: Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, France, Japan, Finland, Spain and Switzerland and conducted and arranged the ensemble for Susana Rinaldi at Paris' Olympia, her presentations at Michelangelo and the San Martín theatre and on recordings for Philips.
Very successfull arrangements he made for a couple of vocalists like Hector Mauré, Alberto Podestá, Gloria Díaz, Edmundo Rivero, etc.