Opening Ceremony

Ceremonies / Receptions


  • Kim Fontaine-Skronski – IPSA Executive Director
  • Dianne Pinderhughes – IPSA President
  • Roberto Aras – Dean of Social Sciences School, Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA)
  • Theresa Reidy – WC2023 (Buenos Aires) Program Co-Chair
  • Euiyoung Kim – WC2023 (Buenos Aires) Program Co-Chair
  • Martín D'Alessandro – Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Co-Chair
  • Julia Pomares, Chief Advisor to Buenos Aires City Mayor

Cultural Program

Astor Piazzolla Quintet

Quintet Astor PiazzollaThe first Quintet ensemble was formed during the 60s, causing a sensation among the young public with its provocative and melodic sound. Piazzolla’s music had an elaborate and intellectual style.

After the composer’s death, the Astor Piazzolla Foundation was formed with the objective of bringing his legacy to the public. Laura Escalada Piazzolla decided to create a new ensemble with five virtuoso soloists capable of interpreting the vast body of work left by the composer who revolutionized tango. The Quinteto Astor Piazzolla was formed in 1998 with five outstanding virtuoso musicians who can aesthetically unify under the musical landscape of Piazzolla and Buenos Aires. 

Pablo Mainetti (bandoneon), Nicolás Guerschberg (piano), Serdar Geldymuradov (violin), Armando de la Vega (guitar), Daniel Falasca (double bass) and Julián Vat (musical director) form part of the current generation of this quintet, with the responsibility of preserving the pure sound of Piazzolla in today’s world, while exploring and performing the vast repertoire of this outstanding composer.

Now with more than 20 years and counting, the current legacy group, Quinteto Astor Piazzolla, has performed numerous tours around the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia, becoming acclaimed and awarded with international recognition; the most recent and prominent being the Latin Grammy for Best Tango Album of 2019.

In these recent years, the group has released four full-length albums (RevolucionarioFugataEn 3×4Triunfal), performing with a demanding degree of virtuosic skill and rich artistic interpretation, reviving the classics as well as lesser-known works that haven’t had the chance of being heard around the world, allowing old and new audiences to get both a nostalgic and fresh take on Piazzolla’s work. 

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