Composer Portraits


born 16.12.1965 in Buenos Aires/ Argentinia
Residing in Germany since 1996

1982-1985 Study trips to Brazil
1996-2001 state music teacher’s examination at the Kassel Music Academy, main subject guitar with W. Lendle
Final thesis: Further development of new playing techniques on the instrument Charango
2001-2004 Artistic maturity examination in composition with Dr. D. H. Feinstein

since 1996 solo concert activity in Europe, South America and Japan
since 2000 Composition and stage works a.o.

2006 DANZAS DEL AMAZONAS, an educational stage project
2010 LOS TALLOS ARMARGOS, opera improvisata
2013 SUITA SUDACA, an international music project for children and young people

1996-2000 Chamber trio “de la gorra”, South American chamber music
since 2003 Ensemble “Rilegato”, baroque and contemporary works from Spain and South America
2005/2014 Radio broadcasts on WDR 3 (live concert, world of strings)
since 2010 collaboration with the Japanese Koto player Tomoko Kihara
(concert tours, recordings)
since 2013 Collaboration with the Hába String Quartet Frankfurt
(concert in the HR-Sendesaal, recordings)

2000 Art Prize of the Dr. Zippel Foundation Kassel for “The Charango in Contemporary Music”.
2005 Cultural Promotion Prize of the City of Kassel for the “Puente Cultural” project
2018 Cultural Promotion Prize of the City of Kassel, Composition Initiative Kassel

2003 Charango Nuevo
2005 Oro y sangre, Ensemble Rilegato
2009 Fala Charango, Charango virtuos
2011 Canción para Federico, solo
2022 Vienne clareando, Charango and the Hába String Quartet Frankfurt

2018 Japan tour and recordings with Japanese musicians in Tokyo, Yokohama,Hiroshima
2018 Festival/ 2019 Concert series Tonspuren of the Composition Initiative Kassel
Concerts with own works including string quartet
2018 Recordings of own arrangements and works with the Hába Quartett
2019 Tour festival “Guitaras del Mundo”, Argentina
Since 2020 Direction of the “five o’clock concerts in the fresh air” at green venues in Kassel
2020 Miniatures for Charango, film documentary
2021 Miniatures XXL, compositions for Charango and string quintet, film documentation

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Diego Jascalevich, born in Argentina, has lived as a musician and composer in Kassel since 1995. Here he studied composition at the Kassel Music Academy with Dr. Diego H. Feinstein.

In his compositions, the musical border crosser Jascalevich combines traditional elements with modern, classical sound language and excursions into jazz.

As an instrumentalist, he has been attracting attention with his instrument, the charango, since his youth – he has long been considered an innovator of the playing technique of the small double-stringed guitar and masters it with striking virtuosity and joy of playing. Engagements have taken him through Europe, South America, Japan, Russia and the USA. Numerous CD productions with renowned musicians document the artist’s versatility.

In Kassel’s musical landscape, Diego Jascalevich has repeatedly set exciting accents: Not only his busy concert schedule, but also and especially projects with international musicians from a wide variety of nations have impressed his audiences time and again.