Carlos Franzetti

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Carlos Franzetti
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Born (1948-06-03) June 3, 1948 (age 72)
OccupationComposer, pianist
Years active1970 -present
Spouse(s)Allison Brewster Franzettii (m. 1994)

Carlos Alberto Franzetti (born June 3, 1948) is a composer and arranger from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Early life[edit]

Franzetti was born on June 3, 1948 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Carlos Alfonso Franzetti and Maria Beatriz Franzetti. He had one older sister, Beatriz "Ago" Franzetti. The Franzetti family was of Italian and Spanish ancestry and practiced Catholicism.

Music career[edit]

Franzetti started studying music at the National Conservatory in Buenos Aires at the age of six and later began taking private piano lessons. He began studying music composition after moving to Mexico in 1970. He moved to the U.S. in 1974, graduating from Juilliard School, where he continued his composition studies with Vincent La Selva.[1][2]

Throughout his career, Franzetti has composed symphonies, concertos, operas, chamber music, and big band jazz. He has arranged music for The Boston Pop Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Franzetti has composed a number of film scores, most notably 1992's The Mambo Kings with Robert Kraft. He also composed the 1986 film La Película del Rey and conducted the score for Sidney Lumet's 1990 film, Q & A.

Awards and honors[edit]

His album Tango Fatal won the 2001 Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album. In 2003, he received two Grammy Award nominations for his album Poeta de Arrabal in the categories Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement. He is a recipient of two gold records. He conducted, arranged, and co-produced soloist Paquito D'Rivera's Grammy-winning album Portraits of Cuba.


  • 1976: The Prime Element
  • 1977: Graffiti
  • 1979: Galaxy Dust
  • 1983: Prometheus
  • 1984: New York Toccata
  • 1991: Orquesta Nova
  • 1992: Salon New York with Orquesta Nova
  • 1993: Tropic of Capricorn
  • 1994: Soundtracks and Jazz Tunes
  • 1995: Astor Piazzolla: A Flute and Piano Tribute (with Jorge de la Vega)
  • 1995: Images Before Dawn: Symphonic Music of Carlos Franzetti
  • 1997: Poeta de Arrabal
  • 1997: Portraits of Cuba (by Paquito D'Rivera).
  • 1998: Concierto del Plata
  • 1998: Piano Concerto n.º 2 / Sinfonía n.º 1
  • 1999: Remembrances
  • 1999: Obsession
  • 2000: Tango fatal
  • 2002: Poeta de Arrabal
  • 2003: Reflexiones
  • 2003: You Must Believe in Spring
  • 2004: Prometheus
  • 2005: Corpus Evita
  • 2005: The Jazz Kamerata (Chesky)
  • 2005: The Prime Element
  • 2006: Songs for Lovers (Chesky)
  • 2007: Graffiti
  • 2007: Carlos Franzetti Trío Live in Buenos Aires
  • 2008: Film Noir
  • 2008: Galaxy Dust
  • 1998: Piano Concerto n.º 1 / Sinfonía n.º 2 Atlantis
  • 2008: Duets (with Eddie Gómez).
  • 2009: Mambo Tango
  • 2010: New York Meeting (with Gato Barbieri, David Finck, Néstor Astarita ).
  • 2011: Alborada
  • 2012: Masters of Bandoneón / tema Stringazo
  • 2012: Pierrot et Colombine
  • 2014: In the Key of Tango


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