MISHA DACIĆ, piano
After his stunning American debut at the Discovery Series of the Miami International Piano Festival in 2003, Misha Dacić quickly became a sought-after soloist throughout the U.S. and was featured at Ravinia's Rising Stars Series in Chicago, followed by Gilmore Keyboard Festival Rising Stars Recital Series in Kalamazoo, Xavier University Classical Piano Series in Cincinnati, The Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival at Princeton University, and Frederic Chopin Society's Concert Series in Minneapolis among numerous others.
In recent seasons Dacić made his debut in Turkey performing at the prestigious International Antalya Piano Festival and as a guest soloist with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra at the Tourmaline Pianists Series performing at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, as well as with the National Symphony of Panama at the ASM Festival in Panama City. In 2010 Misha Dacić made his debut in Argentina and his tour in Germany, with performances in Saarbrucken and at Mendelssohn's house in Leipzig among others, was received with greatly acclaim.
Misha Dacić was born in ex-Yugoslavia, into a family with a musical tradition, where he first impressed audiences at the age eleven by performing with a local orchestra. Kemal Gekić, Frank Cooper, Lazar and Valentina Berman, Jorge Luis Prats are counted among his mentors.
Dacić toured Europe, Israel and Japan in collaboration with the celebrated violinist Ida Haendel. Their concert scheduled at the National Gallery in London at the legendary Myra Hess Tribute of the War Concerts, took place on October 5th was an experience that will stay forever in the hearts and minds of everyone.
The DVD ‘Misha Dacić in Recital', featuring several live performances, has recently been released by VAI (Video Artist International). Celebrating Franz Liszt 200th Anniversary, Dacić has been asked to perform a Liszt Marathon for the 2011 Master Series of the Miami International Piano Festival, as well as in venues throughout the U.S. and Europe.
He teaches at Mersin University State Conservatoire, Turkey and the University of Niš Faculty of Arts, Serbia.
Misha Dacić has been a recipient of support from Patrons of Exceptional Artists.
HÉCTOR DEL CURTO, bandoneón
Praised by The New York Times as a "splendid player," Argentinean bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto's career, spanning for more than twenty–five years has encompassed the traditional Tango, New Tango, Jazz, Classical and World music. He has performed with the world–renowned tango legend Astor Piazzolla, pianist Pablo Ziegler, clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, saxophonist Joe Lovano, violinist Cho–Liang Lin and appeared with prestigious orchestras such as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony and Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.
Born into a family of bandoneon players, Mr. Del Curto was introduced to the world of Tango and bandoneon by his grandfather, Héctor Cristobal. By the age of 17, he had won the title "Best Bandoneon Player Under 25" in Argentina, and was invited to join the orchestra of the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese, the "Last Giant of Tango."
In 1999, Mr. Del Curto received the Golden Note Award from the Italian–American Network in recognition of his artistic achievements. As conductor, he directed the spectacular show Forever Tango on Broadway and founded the Eternal Tango Orchestra, a ten piece ensemble.
He recently produced and released his second album Eternal Piazzollawith a sold out concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. His first CD Eternal Tango was featured on BBC News and Public Radio International's The World.
Mr. Del Curto is the founding Artistic Director of Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier tango music festival in the United States. Every August, the festival brings together world-class artists and talented students to present a unique series of performances throughout the Stowe, Vermont region.
He appears in numerous recordings with artists such as Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla on Finally Together (Lucho), Pablo Ziegler on the albums Asphalto, Quintet for the New Tango (BMG), and Tango & All That Jazz, Paquito D'Rivera on Funk Tango, Jazz Clazz and Panamericana Suite Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri on Masterpiece, Plácido Domingo's Encanto del Mar (Sony Classical), Erwin Schrott on Rojotango (Sony Classical), Denyce Graves' The Lost Days (BMG), Absolute Ensemble on Bach Reinvented (Sony Classical), Fernando Otero on Plan, Vital and Pagina de Buenos Aires, Ricardo Arjona's Quién Dijo Ayer and Santo Pecado (Sony International), and Shakira's Laundry Service.