Juan Pablo Jofre Composer-Bandoneon player
A winner of the National Prize of the Arts Grant in Argentina, J.P. Jofre has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times ever since he took up residency in New York City. Jofre has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist, composer and arranger. He has collaborated with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Paquito D’ Rivera Sextet, Nina Beilina, Dartmouth Wind Symphony Orchestra, Festival of the Americas Symphony Orchestra, Fernando Otero Quintet, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Mendoza National Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Studio Jazz Band, among many others. Jofre has also received commissions and been invited to participate in many prominent festivals, including the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival, Sudtirol Jazz Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston, American Virtuosi, and Bachanalia Taiwan. Jofre’s first CD features 11-time Grammy winner Paquito D’ Rivera, who recorded “Primavera," an original composition of Mr. Jofre's.
Juan Pablo Jofre began playing percussion and guitar by heart at the age of 14. Years later, he attended Escuela de Musica de la Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina, where he studied drums, guitar, piano,voice and composition before eventually deciding to dedicate himself to the bandoneón. In 2003, Jofre gave his first concert as arranger and soloist bandoneónista at the 1st International Festival of Chamber Music, for which he arranged a work for 12 Cellos and Bandoneón.
In 2004 Jofre began private classes with Martin Ferres. A year later bandoneón master Daniel Binelli, one of the world’s most sought after bandoneónistas and composers, recommended him to Julio Pane, world-renowned educator and former bandoneónista for the legendary “Astor Piazzolla Sextet.” He has since studed with Pane under the financial sponsorship of the Juan Victoria Auditorium and Autotransportes San Juan Mar del Plata.
At the 2005 Clausura Concert in Buenos Aires, Jofre performed solo works of Bach and Piazzolla,and was awarded 'Master Class' status as a bandoneoista by given by Ingrid Zur and George Heyer (Germany). That same year, he performed alongside Latin America’s most important musical figures, Jairo, Horacio Ferrer, and Raul Garello, at the presentation ceremony for the book Adventures and Triumphs of Argentines in Paris, at the world renowned concert hall Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires.
After winning the National Prize of the Arts Grant, Jofre traveled to Florence, Italy, performing as a soloist and arranger. In 2006, he toured Spain with the Mendocino Tango Sextet, giving both solo and ensemble performances at the International Tango Festivals of Granada and of Alméria. At the inauguration ceremony for the Granada School for the Bandoneón, Jofre performed with bandoneón master Rodolfo Montironi.
Jofre appeared on NBC's Rosie O’ Donnell Live in 2008 , where he performed with stars from Gloria Estafan to Harry Connick, Jr., the Lombard Twins to virtuoso violinist Nick Danieson. In 2009 he began to write music for his New Tango Quintet, taking part in the ESSE Jazz Festival; and in 2010 his Quintet performed at the legendary Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre in NYC, sharing the stage with the composer and violist Ljova Zhurbin and the Kontraband .
In 2012, Jofre appeared at the Latin Grammy ceremony in Las Vegas alongside Aida Cuevas and gave a bandoneón workshop at Las Vegas University with the Latin jazz Ulli Geissendoerfer Ensemble. The same year he performed and premiered new compositions for string orchestra and chamber ensembles in Japan, Taiwan, Argentina and Italy. He recently performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, premiering a new concerto for bandoneón and string orchestra composed and arranged by him. Juan Paolo Jofre continues to write music for his Nuevo Tango projects and for string orchestras.