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Leonardo Suarez Paz

Violinist Leonardo Suarez-Paz is among the most sought after musicians world-wide in the area of Argentinean Tango. He also remains one of the violinists of choice in the field of Jazz and classical music. Born in 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Leonardo attended Juan Manuel de Falla Conservatory, while simultaneously studying with maestros Miguel A. Bertero, Saul Costentino and Patience Higgins of the Duke Ellington band. He subsequently performed with the main orchestras in Buenos Aires, including Estable del Teatro Colon.

From 1990 to 1997 Leonardo was engaged as a violin soloist with numerous international orchestras and companies. He toured with renowned tango composer Mariano Mores in 1989 and with Atilio Stampone in 1992 throughout Columbia, Spain & Japan. During four years, Leonardo toured as a violin soloist and tango dancer with a highly acclaimed Argentine Tango show TangoX2 in USA, France, Italy, Spain, England, Greece, Japan & Mexico. His other credits as a violin soloist include Luis Miguel's Latin American tour (1995), Julio Bocca's Ballet Argentino (1996) in Italy, Spain, Israel and Egypt, and Orquesta de Hioshinori Hioneyama (1997) in Japan.

In 1997, when Leonardo was contracted as a violin soloist in the Broadway's Forever Tango, he relocated permanently to New York. In 1999, he appeared in Broadway's Tango Argentino, thus becoming the only violinist who ever played in two Argentinean Tango Broadway shows as a soloist. While he continued to perform on Broadway, “Phantom of the Opera” and “Lion King,” and in Lincoln Center with concerts of Astor Piazzolla's music, he intensively developed his career as a jazz musician and composer.

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”Leonardo possesses a unique spirit and is a virtuoso extraordinaire on the violin... the spirit of the age inhabits him. By this I mean he is a citizen of the world, a modern man in the truest sense. In fact he shows us how easily we can communicate across cultures if the desire and effort are there.” —Wynton Marsalis

“I admire Leonardo's creativity in crossing the borders and combining tango and jazz. He is a truly international artist. We had great fun playing in Birdland!” —Jim Hall




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