Fernando Otero is a GRAMMY®-winning Argentine composer, pianist and vocalist based in New York City.
He has been described by many critics as a classically-trained virtuoso pianist and composer who developed his own style by blending elements of classical contemporary music and improvisation while acknowledging Tango as a starting point. He found his voice when he began to incorporate the indigenous sounds of his native Buenos Aires into his work. Otero's pianism displays song-like melodicism, expressiveness and a wide palette of colors. He possesses a particularly strong rhythmic intensity when performing up-tempo pieces, playing notes repeatedly with piston-like precision that contrast with sudden detours into day dreamy pastels.
Otero has recorded 16 albums as a solo artist and performs more than 50 international concerts yearly. His works are published by Warner Chappell Music and his albums have been released by Nonesuch Records, Warner Music, Harmonia Mundi and World Village.
He received two Latin Grammy nominations for his album Ritual, released in 2015, as Best Classical Album and Best Classical Contemporary Composition. In 2016, Otero put out another studio work entitled Enigma and was nominated for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. In November 2017 he received the Latin Grammy for his latest album, Solo Buenos Aires, which came out in April 2017, where Otero reconnects with the song form, comprising a collection of songs written in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, with arrangements for orchestra.
His first contact with music was receiving vocal lessons from his mother Elsa Marval—an internationally acclaimed singer and actress—and started taking piano lessons at age five. He also studied the guitar, bass, drums, and later composition with Domingo Marafiotti.
Otero has received commissions from performers and institutions worldwide and has written music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, string quartet and choir, as well as for solo instruments including piano, violin and cello. Many of his compositions were commissioned by The New York State Council on The Arts , Lincoln Center, Laguna Beach Festival (featuring Otero as composer-in-residence), St. Ursanne International Piano Festival in Switzerland, and by performers such as the Kronos Quartet, the Imani Winds ensemble, Inbal Segev and Jason Vieaux, Paquito D'Rivera, and Arturo O'Farrill.
Shortly after moving to the US in the 1990's he worked with correspondingly diverse collaborators including Paquito D'Rivera, the Kronos Quartet, Quincy Jones, and Eddie Gómez —who in 2005 introduced Otero as one of the great pianists of a new generation. Otero has scored the soundtracks for numerous movies, including Sin Palabras, DD is Dead, Unloosened and Root, A Strange Turn, and Franketienne.
그의 마지막 앨범인 "프리마돈나"에는 예전 그의 Warner Music 데뷔 앨범인 Pagina de Buenos Aires 에서 선 보였던 클래식 음악의 현대적 감각을 추가하려 했던 노력의 증거가 엿보인다.
프리마돈나는 Fernando Otero 의 어머니이자 그의 음아 Mentor 인 Elsa Marval 의 예술 적 삶을 상세히 표현한 작품이다.
Elsa Marval 은 전세계적으로 인정 받았던 오페라 가수이자, 작곡가, 피아니스트 겸 배우였는데 2010년에 세상을 떠나게 되었다.
뉴욕에 거주하고 있는 Otero 씨는 여러 음악가들과 협주를 해왔는데, 그 중에는 Paquito D'Rivera, Kronos Quartet, , Eddie Gómez, 그리고 Quincy Jones 등 의 음악가 들을 손꼽을 수 있다.
프리마돈나에는 솔로 피아노 연주를 위한 구간이 있는데, 그곳에는 Otero 씨의 피아노 모든 음계를 화려하게 사용하여 표현하는, 노래를 부르는 듯한 멜로디 강조가 있고, 빠른 연주 구 간에는 강력한 리듬의 박진감을 포함하였으며, 그 구간에는 총을 발사하는 것처럼 정확한 음계의 반복이 지속되지만, 갑자기 한 낮에 꿈을 꾸는듯한 부드러운 분위기로 바뀌는 급작스 러운 변화도 포함하였다.
프리마돈나는 새로운 형태의 작곡법을 담았을 뿐 아니라 기존의 음악들을 다시 해석하고 찬양했다는 의미 때문에 아주 특별한 앨범이라고 말할 수 있다.