Daniel Binelli

Real name: Binelli, Daniel José
Bandoneonist, composer, leader and arranger
(20 May 1946 - )
Place of birth:
Quilmes (Buenos Aires) Argentina
Roberto Améndola

hen some members of the Osvaldo Pugliese orchestra withdrew to put together the Sexteto Tango, in the mid- 1968, a group of young players with talent and polished technical training replaced them.

Among these young men Daniel Binelli stood out. He, besides his great natural capacity and his tough temper, had spent a long time studying and polishing his skills in search of mastering and researching about the bandoneon technique so that, after he had achieved that, would be able to loosely allow his creative flight with a command of sound, nuances and expression. By that time Astor Piazzolla had paid attention to him and gave him advice and his friendship.

Daniel Binelli was born in Quilmes and since age nine when his father bought a bandoneon for him he has started a career full of effort which allowed him to reach the place that Fate had in store for him.

Precisely his father, that always encouraged him strongly, was his first teacher. Later he continued with Francisco Abatantuono, Abelardo Alfonsín and, in harmony, Alberto Coronato and Pedro Aguilar. We do not have to omit, among others, Guillermo Graetzer.

For 14 years he was member of the Osvaldo Pugliese orchestra as bandoneon player and arranger. With it he toured Latin America, Europe, the United States and Japan.

He was soloist in the Atilio Stampone orchestra and was also member of the Orquesta del Tango de Buenos Aires.

Astor Piazzolla, whom he admired when he was fourteen and heard him play “Marrón y azul” and “Picasso”, especially summoned him in 1989 to join his Sexteto Nuevo Tango. With that aggregation he toured America and Europe.

Between 1970 and 1992, besides his regular appearances, he created together with Juan José Mosalini the Quinteto Guardia Nueva (1970), joined the Hugo Baralis quintet (1973), the avant garde project Generación Cero (1974), the Grupo Alas (1977), the Osvaldo Requena Orchestra (1986/87) and Tango 7 (1992).

With his group, the Daniel Binelli Quinteto, accompanied the Italian female singer Milva interpreting pieces by Piazzolla and Binelli himself. With her he recorded the CD Milva, el Tango de Ástor Piazzolla. With Milva he toured America, Europe and Japan.

Between 1990 and 1997 he was musical director, bandoneon soloist and arranger of the music and dance group Tango X 2. Alongside the guitarist Hugo Romero he formed a duo that cut two discs published in Argentina and Japan. With the Camerata Bariloche he recorded the Astor Piazzolla’s Concerto for bandoneon and guitar.

He played, in 1995, in the recording of a compact disc of compositions by Piazzolla alongside the renowned jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton. Along with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra he appeared at the Paquito D'Rivera concerts. That same year he was awarded the Konex prize in popular music in the category Tango Instrumentalist for his work Piazzolla Hoy with the staff orchestra of the Teatro Colón conducted by José Carli (1993).

He recorded two discs with Eduardo Isaac, a classical guitar player from Entre Ríos known worldwide: Maestros argentinos, along with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Argentina, conducted by Pedro Ignacio Calderón and La Música Argentina y el Tango which was released in our country and in Japan. He teamed up with Eduardo Isaac in 1997.

With the choreographers Pilar Álvarez and Claudio Hoffmann he formed the Compañía de Música y Danza Tango Metrópolis in 1998.

With the pianist Polly Ferman he has teamed up as duo since the mid- 2000. The duo plays works by Latin American composers: Piazzolla, Cobián, Ginastera, Ariel Ramírez, René Vargas and Cluzeu Mortet in original versions. The work was recorded in the CD Imágenes released by Revista Clásica. They also recorded two CD’s —Orquestango and Orquestango 2— with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo.

Charles Dutoit especially summoned him in 2000 to play Astor Piazzolla’s pieces along with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. A disc was also released which featured Eduardo Isaac. Teaming up with the guitarist César Angeleri he cut a CD in 2002: Tango natural.

As bandoneon soloist he has played and recorded different compositions by Astor Piazzolla alongside symphony and chamber orchestras of a large number of countries. Among others: Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Argentina, Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Camerata Bariloche of Argentina, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Texas, USA), Symphony Orchestra of Ottawa (Canada), Filarmónica of Bogotá (Colombia), Sinfónica Simón Bolívar (Venezuela), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Australia) and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (Tennessee, USA). These orchestras were conducted by directors of the level of Lalo Schifrin, Franz Fuente, Simón Blech, José Carli, Isaiah Jackson, Jamil Maluf, Alfredo Rugeles, Francisco Rettig, Germán Gutiérrez and Luis Gorelik, among others.

Daniel Binelli is also a prolific successful composer. Among his oeuvre we can mention: “Grasa y cemento”, “Metrópolis”, “Imágenes de Buenos Aires”, “Preludio y candombe”, “India Pravile (El Viaje)”, “Tango baile nuestro”, “París desde aquí”, “Balada nocturna”, “Un bandoneón en París”, “Danza con los sueños”, “A los que se fueron”, “Danza porteña”, “Tres movimientos concertantes para bandoneón y orquesta sinfónica”, “Concierto de piano y orquesta sinfónica N° 1”, “Concierto Buenos Aires para guitarra y orquesta”, etc.

On June 16, 2010 the Legislatura de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires honored him as Personalidad Destacada de la Cultura (Outstanding Personality of our Culture).