Release Date: November 1, 2011
Catalog #: NV5865
Format: Digital & Physical

Viola Tango Rock Concerto

Benjamin Yusupov composer
Liliana Zerrate Marin director
Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota

This historic DVD is a document of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota’s version of Benjamin Yusupov’s Viola Tango Rock Concerto, hailed as ‘the greatest concerto ever written for the viola’ by Maxim Vengerov. Played at the Auditorio Leon of Greiff of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia on June 12th, 2009, this performance – as original and striking as its 2005 world premiere – features solo performances from violist Anibal Dos Santos on classic and electric viola, Master Venanzio Cipolliti on accordion, Carlos Posada on acoustic guitar, and Andres Leiva, Luis Alberto Ramirez and Carlos Andres Cortes playing rock passages in a masterful conjunction of sounds and corporeal movements. Dos Santos, the OFB viola group leader since 1998, plays the classic and electric viola with great technical skill and artistic commitment, but also dances the tango before during the concert, accompanied by Gina Medina, the award-winning Colombian dancer.


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Artist Information

Anibal Dos Santos


Portuguese violist Anibal Dos Santos was born in born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1963. He began his musical studies at an early age in his native city with Gianfranco Farina and Mario Mescoli. At age 18, he traveled to Philadelphia PA to study with renowned violist Joseph de Pasquale, obtaining his degree in 1988 at the Curtis Institute of Music. Since then, he has dedicated his career to perform viola repertoire with many orchestras in the Americas, as well as recitals and chamber music appearances.