He began his professional career as a guitarist in Buenos Aires, at the age of 18, performing his first concerts with small ensembles. Some of the musical influences in tango that inspired him were: Anibal Troilo, Horacio Salgan, Leopoldo Federico, Alfredo Gobbi, Osvaldo Pugliese, Anibal Arias, Roberto Grela, Astor Piazzolla and Ubaldo DeLio. However Alejandro was interested in more than tango and also listened to a lot of others such as: Bach, Vivaldi, Schumann, Brahms, Franck and Rimsky-Korsakov from the Classical music scene and The Beatles, Pink Floyd from the pop/rock scenes. During his years of study he went to the Escuela de Musica Popular de Avellaneda (Buenos Aires) and also studied with Gustavo Beytelmann in Paris. Later In 1996 he founded and played in the tango orchestra «El Arranque» (Argentina), which became well-known in the renewal of Tango in the 90’s and one of the most important ensembles in the tango scene. With El Arranque he wrote numerous arrangements and compositions, took part in many European Tours and recorded two CD’s. He was also a member of the guitar ensemble «34 puñaladas» during that time. Planning to move to France for personal reasons, he left the group in 2001 after his last concert at the Lincoln Center (New York), with trumpeter Winton Marsalis, who had invited El Arranque to perform with him. Then in 2001 he moved to Paris, where, after some years as a member of the tango quintet “Tiempo Sur” and the Julia Migenes’ show “La Argentina”, he created the quinteto “El Después” with the bandoneón player Victor Villena. With El Después he worked for 10 years creating modern and original compositions, playing many concerts around the world and also recording three CD’s. At the same time, he has participated in many diverse projects, accompanied all kinds of singers (such as the Japanese diva Anna Saeki, the baritone Armando Noguera and the tango singer Haydée Alba), and collaborated with classical musicians (cellist Henri Demarquette and violinist Sarah Nemtanu and Marcela Roggeri), and worked as an arranger for classical ensembles (including Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the BBC orchestra). He was the resident composer in several festivals in Europe and Argentina. Today a large range of soloists and ensembles, from traditional or modern tango, to the classical world, ask him for original music and arrangements.
A Schwarz - Milonga Con Variacion Duo
A Schwarz has a duo arrangement of this tango by F Canaro, for bandoneon and guitar.
A Schwarz - La Cumparsita Solo Guitar
Alejandro has written a solo guitar version of the famous tango by GH Matos Rodriguez.
A Schwarz - El Pollo Ricardo Trio
This tango, written by L.A. Fernandez has been arranged for trio with Violin, Bandoneon and Piano by A Schwarz.