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Octavio Brunetti (1975-2014) - PASO's Tango Pianist

Octavio BrunettiOctavio Brunetti was PASO's tango pianist from 2006 and his addition brought a new level of musicianship to the orchestra. Perhaps the best tango pianist in the United States, Brunetti studied classical piano at the National School of Music in his home town of Rosario, Argentina. Before he graduated, he was already performing a variety of music styles. But his love for the tango prevailed and soon he was playing with many of Argentina’s most important tango musicians and singers, such as Alberto Castillo, Eladia Blazquez, Ruben Juarez, Domingo Federico, Rodolfo Mederos, Osvaldo Piro, Horacio Salgan-De Lio, and Atilio Stampone.

He co-arranged the piece Levante by the famous Argentine Osvaldo Golijov and, while still quite young, he performed at the world-famous Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and the Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires, in addition to performances at Teatro San Martin in Cordoba, Argentina. In 2002, he was named conductor of the Provincial Orchestra of Popular Music in Cordoba, Argentina. After an extensive European tour with this orchestra, Brunetti decided to move to the United States where his participation in New York’s International Tango Competition won him two first prizes: Best Solo Pianist and Best Duo.

He toured with his own band, the Octavio Brunetti Quintet, and was one of the most sought after tango pianists of our times. His recordings include Saludos with Domingo Federico, Tierra y Asfalto by Brunetti-Carballo, and Inquietudes with the Omar Torres Quintet. Brunetti recorded Soledad (Astor Piazzolla) with world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, after which Yo-Yo Ma was quoted as saying that “within minutes [of playing with Mr. Brunetti] it felt as if we’d been playing together for years.” (CD Appassionato by Sony BMG-Classical).

Brunetti played at Lincoln Center in New York, the Tango and Malambo Festival in Santa Barbara, California, the Granada Festival in Spain, the World Music Festival in Providence, Rhode Island and the Boston Tango Festival. He toured in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Japan, Peru, and Mexico. He was composing his own tangos for a recording with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra when he passed away in August 2014 from a sudden illness.

Diana LeGrand - Concertmaster, Violin

Diana LeGrandDiana LeGrand, from Assisi, Italy, started her music studies at age two and a half, learning from her mother, a teacher of violin and piano. At age 15, she was accepted to the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) where she studied under the late Elaine Richey, formerly the first violinist of the Razamousky Quartet.

She received both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Violin Performance and continued her studies at NCSA with Robert Mann, one of the founding members of the Julliard String Quartet, and with Nicholas Mann, the second violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. Returning to Italy, Diana continued her music studies at the Conservatory of Modena, receiving with honors her diploma in Violin Performance. Over the years, she has studied with such notable violinists as Vadim Brodsky, the Russian virtuoso, Paola Besutti from Florence, Italy, and the late Emmanuel Hurwitz, first violinist of the Aeolian String Quartet.

Before moving to the Washington, DC area with her husband in 2005, Diana performed in a variety of concerts in Italy and toured Europe as a soloist. She performs throughout the Washington, DC area as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, and is currently the concertmaster of the Pan American Symphony Orchestra.

Devree Lewis - Cello, Violin

devree lewisOriginally from West Texas, Devree Lewis now performs regularly throughout the D.C. metro area. Currently, Ms. Lewis performs with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, as well as other local orchestras, rock cello band Primitivity, Morena Piano Trio, and Chesapeake Strings.

Previous to her career in D.C., Ms. Lewis performed throughout North Carolina and Virginia with the Transverse Trio; with the Stern Quartet, Ms. Lewis performed in Vienna’s Haus der Musik as well as several venues in the U.S. She was a scholarship winner to attend the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra; she also won a scholarship to attend Green Mountain Music Festival and performed contemporary works throughout Vermont.

In addition to her live performances, Ms. Lewis provides studio cello for several local bands and artists and maintains a private teaching studio. She received her Master's degree in cello performance in 2011.

Jason Solounias - Pianist

jason soulanisAward-winning pianist Jason Solounias has distinguished himself as a multi-dimensional musician. He is passionate about inspiring new generations of musicians and is dedicated to community engagement and education.

With performances across the United States and Europe, ranging from the Kennedy Center to Southwark Cathedral, Solounias is equally comfortable in the classical world as he is as a jazz and session musician. Recent engagements include performances at Steinway Hall, Ward Recital Hall, WETA, Concerts from Kirkwood Series, and the Lisner Auditorium. He is also a member of the Washington Piano Society.

An active proponent of new music, Solounias has collaborated with composers including Melissa Dunphy, Mark Cook, Maurice Saylor, Luke Flynn, and Elizabeth Lim, making appearances in the New Voices Festival, Society of Composers Inc., and the Alliance for New Music Theater. Solounias has worked with pedagogues including Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Jim Litzelman, and Jose Ramos Santana, and he currently lives in Washington D.C., pursuing his Doctoral Degree in piano performance at the Catholic University of America. He is also on faculty at the Opal Music Studio in Alexandria, Virginia.

Violin

christina wan

Christina Wan

enrique reynosa

Enrique Reynosa

june hahm

June Hahm

Susan McIntosh Worrell

Susan McIntosh Worrell

Rachel McAleer

Rachel McAleer

Stephanie Flack
Stephanie Flack

valerie heller

Valerie Heller

 

Cello

Joanna Taylor

Joanna Taylor

tim thulson

Tim Thulson

 

Viola

Raea Jean Leinster

Raea Jean Leinster

june hahm

June Hahm

 

Double Bass

pete ostle

Pete Ostle