Victor Hugo Villena

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The bandoneon is an instrument of German origin born in 1843 with the name "accordion concertino", which during the twentieth century was developed by musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, who made the keyboard of the instrument evolve until finding the model that will become standard from 1915 until today: with 71 keys. It became the main instrument of Tango music. However, since the end of the 20th century, and the beginning of the 21st, it began to be requested for other repertoires: jazz, contemporary music, German music, ancient music and current music.
The bandoneon is a polyphonic instrument that also allows polyrhythms with independent hand playing. Therefore, the harmonic, timbre, vibrato, articulation and dynamic (pppp-ffff) possibilities are immense.

All levels accepted

Program :

  • Learning, revision of the fundamental aspects
  • Work on the sound
  • Art of the bellows
  • General knowledge of the repertoire and history of the instrument
  • Technical mastery
  • Individual and group practice, depending on the level and number of students.



Born in 1979 in Argentina, Victor Villena, is a bandoneonist recognized and celebrated by the press. The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Villena's bandoneon expressing extremes of earthiness and ethereality, an emotional universe unto itself. A master of the instrument".
Henri Demarquette wrote: "The first time I heard Victor Villena, I was struck by the personality of his playing, extremely seduced by a sound, a technique of great purity and a very deep expression.
At the age of 17, he was elected "bandoneonist revelation" by the National Academy of Tango of Buenos Aires. He won the prize for best soloist at the National Competition in Cosquin (Argentina) in 1997. In 1999, he leaves Argentina to settle in France.
His career continues throughout Europe. He performed as a soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre Symphonique de Besançon, Rotterdam Youth Philarmonic (Netherlands), Emerald Ensemble (England), Moritzburg Festival Orchestra (Germany), Stockholm Jazz Orchestra (Sweden), Brussels Jazz Orchestra (Belgium). His talent allows him to perform on the most famous French stages: Salle Pleyel, Théâtre du Châtelet, Olympia de Paris, Grand Rex, Arsenal de Metz, Auditorium de Dijon, Salle Gaveau and worldwide: Hollywood Bowl (USA), Broadway 54 (USA), The London Barbican, the London Queen's Hall (UK), Tokyo Forum (Japan)...

Ateliers d'ethnomusicologie - 10, rue Montbrillant - 1201 Genève

Saturday 4 February 2023
2pm to 6pm

FEE:  80.- CHF (ADEM members 70.-)


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