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Meet Matias Piegari

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matias Piegari. Him and his team share his story with us below.

Please kick things off for us with some background on the story.
Matias, born October 1st, 1987 is an awarded Argentinian classical and tango pianist and a composer for film and media. He was born in Buenos Aires, began studying piano at age nine, and went on to study at the Conservatory of Music “Manuel de Falla” and National University of Art, in Buenos Aires.

By the age of 20, Matias was already an internationally recognized concert pianist and composer, giving recitals in the principal concert houses in South America, Europe, and the USA. Matias had recorded music and was part of the music production team for many different orchestras, groups, solo projects. He won 1st place at the international piano competition organized by the Conservatory of Music “Manuel de Falla.”

In 2003, and 1st price at the 2011 international piano competition organized by the City of Tucuman, and San Pablo University. In 2008, Matias gained press recognition for his work as a pianist and music director in the musical The Private Diary of Adan and Eve, written and starred by multiple award winner actress China Zorrilla. As a leader, he has led many different groups such as Choco Latin Jazz Band, Schneider’s Big Band, Amalgama Jazz quintet, Tangotico, and the Orchestra of the European Club.

In 2013, Matias moved to Hollywood to continue his career as a film composer and pianist. He attended to UCLA and had been composing music for many different films, commercials, and projects since then while touring with different bands. He was also part of the music production team of big box office films, such as How to Train Your Dragon 2, the Minions and Despicable me three among others.

In 2015, Matias was invited to represent Argentina in the show Despertares, created by acclaimed ballet dancer Isaac Hernandez and premiered with a full house at the prestigious Telmex Auditorium. He is also the pianist and music director of the show Lombard Twins Plays Piazzolla, which whom he is currently touring around the USA, Europe, and South America and the pianist of the 6821 piano string quintet.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a pianist is always harder than other instruments because there is usually only one pianist per group, or orchestra, in which case I am usually the soloist, and competition is always tough.

Nevertheless, I’ve always tried doing what I like in the best way I could, and that has led me where I am today, distinguished as one of the Argentinian pianists in Los Angeles.

This has also helped me as a film composer because I get called a lot to compose tango music or to record for films that need a tango pianist.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am an awarded Argentinian tango and classical pianist, music director and composer for films and media.

In 2008, I gained press recognition for my work as a pianist and music director in the musical The Private Diary of Adan and Eve, written and starred by multiple award winner actress China Zorrilla. As a music director, I led many different groups including Choco Latin Jazz Band, Schneider’s Big Band, Amalgama Jazz quintet, Tangotico, and the Orchestra of the European Club.

I was given special recognition by the City Of Los Angeles for outstanding performance and cultural contribution for my work as a pianist in the group Tinto Tango.

In 2015, I was invited to represent Argentina in the show Despertares, created by acclaimed ballet dancer Isaac Hernandez and premiered with a full house at the prestigious Telmex Auditorium. I am also the pianist and music director of the show Lombard Twins Plays Piazzolla and the 6821 piano string quintet. One of my last feature films, Phaedra, produced by Robert Rodriguez as part of the Rebel Without a Crew TV Series, was premiered at the South By Southwest 2018 in Austin Texas.

What were you like growing up?
I was always interested in different genres of music, including classical music, tango, jazz, salsa, and fusion. I was also a big fan of films, which helped me develop an interest in film music from an early age.

What I particularly like about film music is that it’s kind of multi-genre music, which means that it is conformed by many styles, from orchestral to electronic, pop, rock, jazz, etc. and it is a way to keep my composing career with a lot of variation all the time.

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