B i o g r a p h y
International bandoneonist and prolific tango composer, Argentinian Emmanuel Trifilio brings a fresh perspective to the traditional tango sound, both in performance and composition. Now based in Washington, D.C., Sr. Trifilio’s career began as bandoneon soloist at venues such as the famous Cafe Tortoni in Buenos Aires. After establishing himself as an accomplished performer in Argentina, he was invited to join the Los Inmigrantes Tango Orchestra, which soon after won Buenos Aires’s annual tango orchestra contest. Sr. Trifilio’s career expanded across South America when he was invited to tour Chile with Maestro Tato Finocci.
Sr. Trifilio then traveled to Europe for booked performances; after extended residencies in Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, he settled in the U.S. He has since appeared, as soloist, on the main stages of Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center with small and large ensembles including the Choral Arts Society of Washington and National Philharmonic Orchestra. Sr. Trifilio has also been featured by Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Pan American Symphony Orchestra, Endless Mountains Music Festival Orchestra, and Florida International University Orchestra and Chorus. He will appear with South Carolina Philharmonic in 2017, performing Astor Piazzolla’s Concerto for Bandoneon.
Sr. Trifilio regularly performs with chamber group QuinTango, and collaborated as arranger and bandoneonist on their 2014 album Tango Lovers. He can be heard with esteemed cellist Gautier Capuçon on the soundtrack of the short film Le Petit Nuage. He toured to New Orleans and Lincoln Center with the Octavio Brunetti Tango Orchestra, traveled with the internationally-acclaimed band Otros Aires as solo bandoneonist in their 2014 U.S. tour, and performed with Alejandro Ziegler Quartet in their 2016 U.S.-Canada tour.
In addition to solo performing and arranging, Sr. Trifilio composes and presents original tangos with various ensembles across the East Coast. The world premiere of his Tango Suite No. 1: Five movements for Bandoneon, Cello, and Guitar, was featured at the Embassy of Argentina as part of Pan American Symphony Orchestra's 2015 Tango Festival. A founding member of New York Tango 6, a traditional tango sextet dedicated to premiering new tango works, Sr. Trifilio performed world premieres of several of his works at the group’s debut concert. He is currently composing new works for the venerated bandoneonist Daniel Binelli.
Founded in 2015, his Trifilio Tango Trio presents virtuosic programs of all new and original tango music by Sr. Trifilio. Bandoneon, cello, and guitar, TTT has recorded two albums of Sr. Trifilio’s original tangos and tours internationally. “Milonga de la Ausencia,” from their first album, Original, is featured on the short film “Vuelve con nosotros,” and was nominated for Best Original Score at MOFF Film Festival in Milan, 2016. TTT’s booked appearances for 2017-2018 include D.C., NYC, San Francisco, Richmond, Havana, Miami, Houston, Denver, and Buenos Aires.