JP Jofre

JP Jofre

A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts Grant in Argentina, ever since J.P. Jofre arrived in New York City, he has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by the Lincoln Center. Mr. Jofre has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist and composer. He has recently collaborated with Paquito D’ Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Symphony Sillicon Valley,  Sacramento Philharmonic, Philippe Quint, Fernando Otero, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Fred Sturm, Esperanza Spalding, Frost Studio Jazz Band, Borislav Strulev, and Nina Beilina among many others. Mr. Jofre has also received commissions and he has been part of many festivals such as the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Seattle Town Hall’s Global Rhythms, Belgorod Music Festival, Sudtirol Jazz Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston, American Virtuosi, Bachanalia Taiwan among others. J.P. Jofre’s first CD features 11-times Grammy Winner Paquito D’ Rivera, who recorded “Primavera”, an original composition of Mr. Jofre.  For the World Premier of his Bandoneon Concerto, the Mercury News (R. Scheinin) wrote: “…he is an electrifying composer-bandoneon player..”. On 2012 Mr. Jofre was invited by  Free University of Bolzano (Italy) to perform for the homage to Argentinean Nobel Peace Prize Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

Juan Pablo began playing percussion and guitar by hart at the age of 14. Years after he decided to join the the Escuela de Musica de la Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina, where he studied, drums, guitar, piano,voice and composition, before eventually deciding to dedicate himself to the bandoneón in. In 2003, Juan Pablo gave his first concert as arranger and soloist bandoneónista at the 1st International Festival of Chamber Music for such an event Mr Jofre arranged pieces for 12 Cellos and Bandoneon.

In 2004 Mr Jofre takes privates classes with Martin Ferres and one year later he auditioned under bandoneón master Daniel Binelli, one of the world’s most sought after bandoneonist and composer. Under Binnelli’s recommendation Juan Pablo was invited to study under Julio Pane, world-renown educator and former bandoneónista for the legendary “Astor Piazzolla Sextet” through the financial endorsement of the Juan Victoria Auditorium and Autotransportes San Juan Mar del Plata.

At the 2005 Clasura Concert of the Master Class given by Ingrid Zur and George Heyer (Germany) in San Juan, Juan Pablo performed solo works of Bach and Piazzolla. That same year, he performed alongside Latin America’s most important musical figures Jairo, Horacio Ferrer, and Garello, at the presentation ceremony for the book Adventures and Triumphs of Argentines in Paris, at the hall Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires.

After winning the National Prize of the Arts Grant, Juan Pablo traveled to Florence, Italy, performing as a soloist and arranger. In 2006, he toured Spain with the Mendocino Tango Sextet, giving both solo and group performances at the International Tango Festival of Granada and the International Tango Festival of Alméria. At the inauguration ceremony for the Granada School for the Bandoneón, Juan Pablo performed with bandoneon master Rodolfo Montironi.
In 2008 Mr Jofre was asked to be part of the show Rosie O’ Donnel Live on NBC where he performed along side with such stars the Lombard Twins and virtuoso violinist Nick Danieson.

In 2009 Jofre started writing music for his New Tango Quintet and was part of the ESSE Jazz Festival. In 2010 JP Jofre’s Quintet had its official concert at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre in NYC shearing the stage with the composer and violist Ljova Zhurbin and the Kontraband.

2011 Mr Jofre appears at the Latin Grammy Ceremony in Las Vegas along side with Aida Cuevas and gives a bandoneon workshop at the Las Vegas University along side with Ulli Geissendoerfer Ensamble. The same year he performs and premieres new compositions for string orchestra and chamber ensembles in Japan, Taiwan, Argentina and Italy.

Mr Jofre is courrently writing music for his new tango projects- and string-symphony orchestras. He has recently performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy premiering a new repertoire for bandoneon and string orchestra composed and arranged by him.

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