Arts / Marcela plays for Argentina

Pianist Marcela Fiorello.

THE embassy of Argentina has always punched above its weight in cultural matters, as its concert at the National Gallery of Australia marking the country’s 201st anniversary of independence shows.

Ambassador Hugo Gobbi didn’t have far to look for a performer. Argentine classical pianist Marcela Fiorillo lives and works here these days as a musical pedagogue.

A well-known exponent of Nuevo Tango composer Astor Piazzolla, Liszt and Beethoven, Fiorillo will mark the occasion by performing works by Argentine composers Williams, Guastavino, Tauriello, Morillo, Zorzi, Piazzolla and Ginastera.

She’s had a splendid couple of years with annual recitals back in Buenos Aires, performances in Malaysia and Thailand during 2015 and a return season last year, when she performed Beethoven’s “Eroica” with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

The ANU’s Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies is joining with the embassy to organise this concert which, we are told, endorses principles of “quality, diversity, challenge and joy”.

“Clásicos Argentinos”, James O Fairfax Theatre, NGA, Thursday, June 29. Ticket inquiries to

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