Raul Jaurena, master of the Tango, is among today’s most prominent bandoneon players. Raised in Uruguay, his first bandoneon lessons came from his father. At the age of eight, he had already joined a tango orchestra, and in the sixties and seventies he became involved with well renowned tango-ensembles throughout South America.
Jaurena’s arrangements and his skills as a composer and a solo player have made him popular both in the USA and in Europe. In 1995, he performed at the White House and in the same year received a Grammy nomination for his album Tango Bar. In 2007 he received a Latin Grammy for Best Tango album for his album Te Amo Tango.
Jaurena has played with Paquito D’Rivera, Yo Yo Ma, Giora Feidman, Tango Five, Astor Piazzolla, and many others. As a soloist, he has performed with prominent ensembles and orchestras throughout The United States and Europe and regularly performs a series of programs including Klezmer and Tango Music.
Raul Jaurena – the man that Astor Piazzolla once called one of the greatest bandoneon players ever – has established a special connection to his instrument: genuine, open, touching, with stunning technical brilliance. In his continuous search for new experiences, Jaurena’s music has turned into something truly unique. It reflects the influences of different cultures as well as one hundred years of tango history, in turn greatly enriching modern tango interpretation.