Victor Villena

Victor Villena was born in Argentina in 1979. In 1997 he was named Young Bandoneon Player of the Year by the National Tango Academy of Buenos Aires, and also won the first prize in the Cosquín National Soloists Competition. He has played in a number of leading tango orchestras, as well as in the Gustavo Beytelmann Trio. After moving to Paris he joined the world tour of the band Gotan Project. He has performed as soloist with l’Orchestre Symphonique
de Radio France, l’Orchestre Symphonique Besançon, the Emerald Ensemble, l’Orchestre Symphonique Pays de la Loire, the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra. In 2004, along with Alejandro Schwarz and Cyril Garac, he formed Quinteto El Déspues. In 2007 Victor was music director for a production of María de Buenos Aires at the San Carlos National Theatre in Lisbon. He tours widely both as soloist and with Quinteto El Déspues, and gives masterclasses in tango at the World Music Department of the University of Arts, Rotterdam. He has played with musicians such as Baiba Skride (winner of the Queen Elizabeth violin competition 2001), Henri Demarquette, Jan Vogler, Mira Wang, Carrie Denis, Frank Braley (winner of the Queen Elizabeth piano competition 1991), Nemanja Radulovic, Olivier Charlier and Peter Bruns.