Argentinean composer, pianist, director, and researcher.
Born in La Paz, Entre Ríos.
Oscar Edelstein is considered one of the most important and original composers in Argentina. His work is profuse, and crucial in the map of Latin American contemporary music, new ópera, and performance.
As well as a composer, Edelstein is a pianist. For his last concert Rivers and Mirrors: Part I, a reviewer from ILAMS music society noted, Oscar Edelstein “possesses a formidable pianistic technique…There is an intensity to the work that rarely loses its edge.” (See www.riversandmirrors.com)
Edelstein created the ENS - Ensamble Nacional del Sur in 1997. His performances with the ENS were considered by specialist music critics as “the most relevant musical events of recent decades in Argentina”, “the highest point in the experimental production of the continent” and “a historical imprint in the production of the avant-garde”. The ENS performed live the first section of the trilogy, La Teoría Sagrada del Espacio Acoustico in 2004 where the ENS performed in Argentina and Brazil to audiences of thousands, and recorded the work on a Super Audio disc.
Edelstein’s chamber and electronic productions have attained several national and international awards. He has also directed many chamber groups of improvisation in music, frequently exploring the interplay between music and theatre. His important research programme into new musical theories and acoustic techniques, the Programa Prioritario de investigación Teatro Acústico, at the University of Quilmes, in 2006 became the first arts project to receive funding from the Agencia de Promocion Científica y Tecnologica dependiente del Ministerio de Educación.
Among his other works can be quoted the operas Klange Urutau, El Hecho (created and performed in 1997 and 1998 respectively), and El Tiempo - La Condena (created and performed in 1999). La Teoría Sagrada del Espacio Acústico – Libro I, Libro II: La Grilla Acústica, and Libro III: La Luz en Sombra de tus Ojos Muertos is a trilogy. They are all works grounded in the field of “the extended theatre of music”, where Edelstein stresses a focus in voice, speech production and the interplay with technology.
His latest opera, Los Monstruito, commissioned by the experimental wing of Teatro Colon (CETC) was highly acclaimed. Based around the political era of Carlos Menem, it was the first work to cover this period. The libretto was written by Edelstein, adapting the poems of national poet, Enrique Rodolfo Fogwill. The Clarin reviewed it as “Original, innovative – some pieces are like from the anthology of opera” and La Nación said, “Oscar Edelstein opens new horizons for modern music and opera in Argentina.”
REVIEWS OF THE ENS
"… cult, absolutely original, ultra-powerful & new." Carlos Marín, El Diario
"It's music in a physical sense, authentic dithyrambic music, realized simultaneously with millImetric accuracy…" Federico Monjeau, Clarin
"The choice of instruments can be easily associated to the world of rock, but it is only a sound- colour as the group is impelled by Edelstein to explore zones that go much further, for example, than the advanced experience of Robert Fripp. " Martín Liut, La Nación
"…the most important musical event of the last decade in Argentina." Diego Fischerman, Pagina 12
"To develop this new musical battle between creation & technology [Edelstein] can count on an invincible instrumental army, the ENS." Martín Liut, La Nación
RECENT REVIEWS OF EDELSTEIN’S MUSIC
"…A deeply touching work." Südwestpresse
"…rhythmical, multi layered sound fields develop like waves. Edelstein’s close woven music…has a force that goes under the skin with great vitality." Basellandschaftliche Zeitung