Néstor Pinsón

e was born in the city of Rosario, province of Santa Fe, and passed away in Buenos Aires. At age seven he began to study music, firstly with a relative with musical knowledge and later with several local teachers, among them one quite renowned in the city, José Denito.

From a very young age he appeared as soloist on radio stations and, on one of them, LT8, he was member of a staff trio for several years. His fellow members were Luis Chera (bandoneon player) and Salvador Esquinazzi (violinist). Thereafter he put together the Conti-Munné orchestra, along with the bandoneonist Julio Conti. Their successful debut was at the cabaret Les Ambassadeurs.

Around 1935 or 1936, he made sporadic trips to Buenos Aires summoned by Elvino Vardaro to form an orchestra that would debut on LR3 Radio Belgrano. It was an orchestra with two pianists, the other player was José Pascual. Other members were Jorge Argentino Fernández and Ángel Domínguez on bandoneons, Hugo Baralis on violin and the arranger was Mario Maurano. It was a failure. Those in charge of the radio station soon dismissed them because it was «an orchestra that played quite difficult stuff». This point of view about Vardaro made that his style could only be heard in a recording that was not released: “Tigre viejo”. The only 78 rpm lacquer disc —a demo— that is owned by the record collector Héctor Lucci and the large number of copies of the former are the ones we sometimes are able to hear.

In 1938, he decided to settle in Buenos Aires and, like other boys who dreamed of making a living with music, stayed at the Pensión La Alegría, a guesthouse on Salta 321. He soon made friends with Emilio Barbato. It was a time of few jobs and a lot of study, especially concertos for two pianos. LT8 was interested in this setting and so they traveled several times to play classical music concerts. By the time he was living at the popular guesthouse, he finished his high studies with the well-known maestro Teodoro Fuch.

As for his work as musician, he joined a large number of orchestras such as Manuel Buzón, Antonio Rodio, the last stage of the Pedro Maffia’s aggregation —when the vocalist was Alberto Gómez—, Mariano Mores, Martín Darré, etc. Later he was hired by LR1 Radio El Mundo to open its then branch, LS10 Radio Libertad. It was a nine-year tenure accompanying the artists that appeared there. Some of its members were: Federico Scorticati, Claudio González, A. Mancini, A. Leivinsohn, Rafael del Bagno, Rolando Cao, among others.

As composer we shall mention the following numbers that were committed to record: “Corazón no le digas a nadie” (words by Luis Castiñeira) recorded by Osvaldo Fresedo with Oscar Serpa on December 28, 1944 and by Lucio Demare with Horacio Quintana on August 24, 1944; “Maleza” (lyrics by Cátulo Castillo) recorded by Osvaldo Pugliese with Alberto Morán on May 28, 1945 and by Fresedo with Serpa on November 6 that same year; “Qué cosas tiene la vida” (lyrics by Roberto Lambertucci) recorded by Miguel Caló with Roberto Arrieta on April 4, 1946; “La canción más triste” (lyrics by Roberto Lambertucci) recorded by Alberto Marino with his orchestra on May 23, 1947; Carlos Di Sarli with Alberto Podestá on May 28 in that year and, in 1952, again by Di Sarli with Oscar Serpa; “Aquí en la tierra” (lyrics by Carlos Bahr) by Rodolfo Biagi with Hugo Duval on September 9, 1958; “Amor mío” (with Carlos Bahr) also by Biagi with Duval on November 12, 1958; “La pena de James Dean” (words by Carlos Bahr) recorded by Jorge Caldara with Miguel Martino on November 13, 1958.

Others were “Humo”, “Dolor de dos”, an album entitled Cumpleaños porteños with twelve numbers with his own music and lyrics. In 1998 for the Melopea label, teaming up with Antonio Agri as duo, he cut a record with nine classic tangos and one of his own, “Tango melódico”. All of them wih his own arrangements.

Previously, in the seventies, he made appearances teaming up with Hugo Baralis as duo and even he formed a quintet accompanied by Gabriel Clausi, Scorticati, Baralis and Benigno Quintela on double bass.

In January 1985 he said: «For me the bohemian times spent at the “La pensión de la calle Salta” along with Enrique Francini, Argentino Galván, Armando Pontier, Barbato, Tití Rossi, Julio Ahumada, Alberto Suárez Villanueva, Antonio Ríos, Héctor Stamponi and many other beloved friends are unforgettable. For those that departed and those that are still on the road I keep my most respectful memory».