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Alejandro Drago
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Violin

Grand Forks, North Dakota, 58202
I am involved in classical music as a
Arts Administrator, Composer/Arranger, Conductor- Orchestra, Music Director, Musician: Professional Instrumental, Music Educator- college
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Instrumental Private Lessons, Chamber Music, Orchestra
My instrument/voice is
Violin
Schools I have attended:
Moscow State Conservatory Tchaikovsky; University of Southern Mississippi
Companies/Organizations I work for:
University of North Dakota
My web site is
http://www.alejandrodrago.com
My highest completed level of education is:
Doctorate

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Alejandro Drago's life in music began in his native Argentina where, as a small child, he accompanied his mother, a professional tango dancer, to the venues were she performed. His mother introduced him to Antonio Agri, who spent many years as a violinist with renowned composer and bandoneón player Astor Piazzolla. Agri recommended him to a member of his string ensemble who instructed him in the basics of music theory. He received a scholarship from the Russian government to study at Moscow State Conservatory under Marina Yashvili, and obtained his Master of Fine Arts in Violin Performance and Pedagogy. In 2008 he received a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance and a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi

As a soloist, Alejandro has performed in the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra), Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, The Kennedy Center and the Kolarac Zal of Belgrade. He has toured extensively in Russia, the United States, Austria, Lithuania, Belarus, France, Brazil, ex-Yugoslavia (Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina), Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay, Ecuador and Haiti.

Alejandro maintains strong connections with the music of his homeland through his career as a conductor, soloist, researcher, lecturer, and arranger. His scholarly works have become important references in English language scholarly studies of Tango music. His symphonic and chamber arrangements of Argentine music have been performed extensively in Europe and Latin America, as well as in the United States by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In July 2008, Alejandro joined the faculty at the University of North Dakota Department of Music as the Professor of Violin and Viola and Director of Strings / Chamber Orchestra.

Alejandro's many awards include special prize in the Rodolfo Lipizer International Competition (Italy, 1992), third prize in the Petar Konjovich International Young Musicians Competition (Yugoslavia, 1993) and the first prize in the "New Talents in Classical Music" Competition (Buenos Aires, 1997). Highlights of past seasons include performances of the Six Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugène Ysaÿe, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, as well as premières of Arthur Barbosa’s Violin Concerto in the United States and Brazil, and his own arrangement of Piazzolla’s The Four Buenos Aires Seasons in Austria. For the 2010 - 2011 season, his engagements include a tour of former Yugoslavian republics, including Serbia (Belgrade), Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Sarajevo), performances of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra and the University of Caxias do Sul Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), and standing invitations from music festivals as well as master classes engagements in Mississippi (USA) and Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).

 
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