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Argentine composer, pianist and conductor. He has composed music for theater, movies and dance. In his youth he was part of the original Contemporary Jazz Group (Grupo Contemporaneo de Jazz) of the city of La Plata, along with Mingo Martino, Jorge Curubeto, Talero Pellegrini, Lito Escobar, Pocho Lapouble, Vicente Izzi y Caco Alvarez, just to name a few. When he was 17 years old, he received the “Best Newcomer” prize given by the Center for Specialized Jazz Studies (Centro de Estudios Especializados en Jazz) directed by Walter Thiers for his participation in the “Second International Jazz Festival of the University of Buenos Aires” (UBA).
In a series of concerts in 1963, at the School for Fine Arts of La Plata, he arranged and performed instrumental versions of Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin, and West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein. With this last work, he made a tour around Argentina representing the Argentine Mozarteum, and the CD live “Alberto Favero on West Side Story” will be soon release by Acqua Records.
Among his many works as conductor, pianist, arranger and musical supervisor, we can name: El Alcalde de Zalamea, Kiss of the Spider Woman (under general direction of Harold Prince), Piaf, Sweeney Todd, Tita, End of Rainbow, Les Miserables, Cabaret, Victor Victoria, El Graduado and 15 years of STAGE in Spain (these last four in Madrid and National Tour, Spain). He has also conducted, arranged and supervised his own work, which many time was issued as recordings: Nacha de Noche, Hay que meter la pata, Suite Trane, Nacha canta Benedetti, Irma la Dulce (additional material), Calé, La Cassano en el Maipo, Cassano Dance, , Candombe Nacional, Pinti Canta las 40 y el Maipo Cumple 90, Desvarieté, Eva - El gran musical argentino and lately Doña Rosita, the spindler, by Federico García Lorca. (2016)
After meeting the musical theater director, Harold Prince, in November 1978 Mr. and Miss. Prince organized a one night performance show for Alberto to make his debut on Broadway: An Evening with Nacha Guevara and Alberto Favero, at the Saint James Theater. Furthermore, Harold Prince’s office started managing him until his return to Argentina, in 1984. During this period, he and Nacha perfomed their own shows at Manhattan Theater Club, NYC; Saint Nicholas Theater, Chicago; Top of Gate, Village Gate, NY; Hilton Hotel, San Juan de Puerto Rico; Perfoming Arts Center, San Juan de Puerto Rico; The Terrace Theater at The Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
Moreover, he toured and performed in Spain, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba. He has received important recognition during his career being awarded many different prizes and distinctions – domestic and international - for his prolific artistic work. His tribute to John Coltrane, “Suite Trane”, has been re-issued by “Whatmusic” label in London in 2005, by Acqua Records in Argentina in 2014 and presented at the “International Jazz Festival” in Madrid in 2007. In Argentina, this work has been recently re—issued by “Acqua Records” and it was performed in Italy at the “Piccolo Teatro de Milano” by the “Cívica Jazz Orchestra” conducted by Enrico Intra, as part of the cycle “Tra Jazz e nuove musiche” in 2013. This same Group would then record it at the “Auditorio de la Radiotelevisione Svízzera of Lugano”, Switzerland.
His musical, EVA, whose authorship he shares with Pedro Orgambide and Nacha Guevara, was nominated multiple times – in eleven different categories – and received 9 statuettes at the “ACE Prizes” for the Buenos Aires Theater Season 2008-2009.
In the 2010-2011 season he received all three HUGO prizes for Best Orchestration, Best Choral Arrangements and Best Musical Direction for Stephen Sondheim’s musical SWEENEY TODD, performed by Julio Chavez, Karina K and an extended cast, directed by director Ricky Pashkus. During the same season he also received the “Theater of the World” prize, awarded by the UBA, for Musical Direction and Interpretation, for the musical TITA, by Nacha Guevara and Alberto Negrín.
In 2014, at the ATENEO Theater, he was in charge of the Arrangements, Musical Direction and Pian Conductor on “AL FINAL DEL ARCO IRIS” (End of Rainbow), by Peter Quilter, with Karina K, cast and General Direction by Ricky Pashkus, with resounding critics and enthusiastic public reception. The season continued until February 2015, at the ASTROS Theater in Buenos Aires, and Favero received, for the second time, the “Theater of the World” prize for best Musical Direction, awarded by the University of Buenos Aires. He also received the Magazine Award from the city of Rosario, Santa Fé, for his experienced career and international recognition, in June, 2015.
He has done many works for TV/Film, including, “La Rosales” (The rosales)(1986) Original Music Conducted and Recorded, “Dónde estás amor de mi vida que no te puedo encontrar” (Where’re you, love of my life, that I can’t find you” (1991) Piano Soloist, “Locos de los pies a la cabeza” (Crazy people from the feet to the head) (1992), Original music composed, arranged and conducted; several TV specials in México and Spain. His last work is soon to be released in Europe and South America, the incidental music for the TV miniseries, “El Francés” (The French)(2015)
Alberto Favero. Hollywood. LA. California. US.