Palacio Alsina is a piano 4-hands tango ensemble created in Buenos Aires, Argentina; born in the core of “El once” neighbourhood. Composed by two high quality professional pianists in the field, this duo is now Paris and Rotterdam-based, two pioneer cities of the tango world in Europe. Palacio Alsina’s artistic aim is to translate to the piano the whole “Orquesta Típica” sound; interpreting the classics of the golden era of tango with a special quota of original arrangements for this atypical ensemble. This is the reason why Palacio Alsina is ideal for milongas and dancers festivals for them to experience and enjoy the sound of the great masters of tango history with a piano tinct.
Tango in four hands
started her music career in Buenos Aires, Argentina, studying classical piano with Mgs. Paula Peluso and Claudio Santoro. She graduated with honours as a superior piano and music professor from the Buenos Aires Superior Conservatory of Music “Ástor Piazzolla”. She also studied music composition at the National University of Arts (Argentina), with Mgtrs. Fernando Albinarrate and Roque de Pedro. Aleksandra specialized her studies in latin american and argentinian music. She studied tango and latin folk music with top performers in the field: Hilda Herrera, Julián Peralta, Nicolás Guerschberg and Hernán Possetti.
Throughout her career she performed in great theaters and festivals in Argentina and worldwide: Santiago (Chile), Paris (France), London (UK), Rotterdam (Netherlands), like the International Tango Festival of Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural Kirchner, Estadio Municipal de Peñalolén, St. Cuthbert’s London, De Doelen Rotterdam, Musis Arnhem, amongst others. She also worked as a session musician for ensembles of different musical genres.
Aleksandra was also winner of the national subsidy by the National Institute of Music of Argentina (2018), winner of the Scholarship Scaramuzza’s piano technique with Master Juan Rezzuto in WKMT studios, London, UK (2018), winner of the Holland Scholarship by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (2018) and finalist of the Grada Van Beek-Donner Scholarship (2018 and 2019).
In 2020 she graduated from the Master of Music in World Music (tango/jazz composition) at CODARTS University of Arts, studying with Mgtrs. Gustavo Beytelman and Paul van Brugge.More info www.aleksandratonelli.com
Studied with Nicolás Ledesma and Pablo Fraguela in Buenos Aires. He is Pianist and Arranger of tango and folk music from the Conservatory “Manuel de Falla” from Buenos Aires, directed by the well-known guitarist Juan Falú.
Benjamin currently lives in Paris where he develops several projects as pianist, arranger and composer: Altamar+Alejandro Guyot (tangos del siglo XXI), Palacio Alsina (Piano 4 manos) and Guardia Vieja Tango. He was also pianist of the Tango Orchestra of Gennevilliers, conducted by Juanjo Mosalini. In Paris he shared stages with Rudí Flores, Gilberto Pereyra y Pablo Gignoli, amongst others.
As a pianist and arranger of “Hora Cero”, he played in the most important scenes of tango music in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. He was as well director and arranger of Quinteto Acquaforte, Orquesta Típica La Imperial, Orquesta Tipica La Vidu and pianist of the tango show “Bien Bohemio” (with guitarist Oscar Altamirano). He did tours in Argentina, France, UK, Italy, Uruguay and Brazil.
Benjamin is also co-founder of “Colectivo Domingos de Tangos en el Viejo Buzon” that organises milongas and concerts in Buenos Aires since 2014.
He won the prize of “Bares Notables” (2014) with Hora Cero and the First Prize of the “Pre Baradero” Festival (2011) with Sanluistango Orchestra.
More info www.benjaminsebban.wix.com/tango
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Four Hands Tango