An innovative new musical partnership has just started between Francisco Fullana and renowned Argentinian bandoneon player JP Jofre.
“Bandoneon has always been an instrument that fascinates me” Fullana discusses. “After hearing JP performing his own music in NYC this past fall, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to collaborate with him. I had been looking for a musical partner that was both a great composer and performer for a long time, and it just felt like the perfect fit.”
The duo’s New York presentation will be this upcoming November 1st within Fullana’s Carnegie’s Weill Hall Recital debut as the recent winner of the Pro Musicis International Award.
“In order to have good chemistry and communication on stage, one has to understand each other well off it. Being both Spanish speakers that grew up in our home countries before moving to New York City, we share a lot of similarities in our approach to music and to life. That is something the audience can feel when making music together, it’s very special.” JP has said.
This collaboration will culminate in 2018 with a new double concerto for bandoneon and violin that Jofre is currently writing to celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial. The work draws its inspiration from Plato’s Symposium, the book from which Bernstein based his Serenade for violin and orchestra. Three different orchestras from both Spain and the United States are in charge of commissioning this new concerto, which will be toured extensively in Europe, Latin America and the United States during the 17-18 and 18-19 seasons.
Francisco Fullana is the 1st Prize winner of the 2014 Johannes Brahms, 2015 Pro Musicis and 2015 Angel Munetsugu International competitions and currently concertizes on the 1697 “Rainville” Stradivarius on loan from the Yellow Angel Foundation of Japan.
Argentinean composer and bandoneon player JP Jofre has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists. A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts in Argentina, his music has been recorded and performed by artists such as Paquito D’ Rivera, Gloria Stefan and the San Antonio and Dallas’ Symphonies.