José Bragato, Italian-born Argentine cellist, Died at 101


José Bragato was born on October 12, 1915 and died on July 18, 2017.

He was an Italian-born Argentine cellist, composer, conductor, arranger and musical archivist.

Bragato his early career, was principal cellist in the Colón Theatre orchestra in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Apart from his involvement in classical music he also performed for many years in a number of Ástor Piazzolla’s Nuevo tango (New tango) ensembles where his cello solos, which had never before featured in tango, put him in the vanguard of Nuevo tango from its birth in the 1950s.

Thereafter, Bragoto has done numerous and varied arrangements of Piazzolla’s compositions.

Bragoto’s composition Graciela y Buenos Aires, a tango for cello and string orchestra, has become the mainstay of the symphonic tango repertoire in Europe where his works are widely performed.

José Bragato passed away at 101 years old.