Dúo De Academia

Real name: Dúo De Academia
Piano and chello duo
(n/d - )
Place of birth:
Facundo Bericat: piano
Fernando Diéguez: cello

heir beginnings date back to 1996 and, since then, they played recitals at the Jorge Luis Borges hall of the Biblioteca Nacional, at the Palais de Glace, at the Teatro San Martín, among other venues. They as well appeared on television and radio programs. The duo was awarded the Primer Premio (first prize) at the national contest of avant-garde tango groups at the Feria Internacional de Tango held at the Centro Cultural Buenos Aires.

Since its early days tango was played by small chamber groups. So in like manner they continue this tradition by interpreting with their personal style works by Sebastián Piana, Aníbal Troilo, Horacio Salgán, Pedro Laurenz, Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Gobbi, among others.

In 2001 they recorded a compact disc for the label Mateína Records with Rodolfo Mederos as special guest. The standouts are Sebastián Piana’s "Sobre el pucho", Alfredo Gobbi’s "La entrerriana" and Osvaldo Fresedo’s "De academia".

Fernando Diéguez was born in Buenos Aires in 1966. He began his musical studies at the Instituto Bernasconi and continued at the Instituto de Música de Avellaneda. He was member of the Orquesta de Cámara Arcangelo Corelli and the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Radio Nacional. He played alongside the Octeto Tango, Voces de Buenos Aires, the Tito Ferrari Sextet, Zamba Quipildor and the Grupo Nan in Argentina, Canada and the United States. Today he works as teacher in the Escuela de Música Popular de Avellaneda and with the bandoneon player Rodolfo Mederos.

Facundo Bericat was born in Buenos Aires in 1966. In 1993 he graduated as Profesor Superior de Música (music teacher) at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música Carlos López Buchardo. He was awarded at the Piano National Contest "Centenario de la ciudad de Trelew" and played recitals as soloist or in chamber groups at different concert halls in the country. He joined the tango group led by Héctor Varela (Jr.) and was the pianist and arranger of the sextet named "Tango Por Seis".