Cecilia Pillado

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Cecilia Pillado (born in Mendoza)[1] is an Italian Argentine German film television and stage actor,[2] a classical pianist[3] and a composer. In 2005 she launched in Germany her own record label Tango Malambo [4][5] which was inactive until 2013, because in the meanwhile her recordings were released under Sony Classical Germany.


As a young adult, she was a member of the Goethe Institute Mendoza Theatre Company, directed by Gladys Ravalle, while pursuing her studies in music at the National University of Cuyo. It was through the Goethe Institute that she arrived in Germany, where she completed her drama and music studies at the Berlin University of the Arts with a scholarship from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

Until today she works in those both areas of the Performing Arts. As an artist, she is equally interested in solo piano performances, chamber music, composition and theatrical appearances in film, television and stage.

Acting career[edit]

It was through the Goethe Institute that she arrived in Germany, where she completed her drama and music studies at the Berlin University of the Arts and participated on the side in various productions of the Independent "Latin-American Theater Berlin" under the direction of her fellow countryman Emilio Schechtmann.

After a few on-screen appearances she decided to perfect the art of film and TV acting and went to Los Angeles in 1998 to study with some of the leading acting coaches such as M. K. Lewis and Margie Harber, among others. Returning to Germany in 2000, she was able to gain entry into the German television and film industry.[6] Since then she has frequently appeared in soap operas, TV series, TV movies and feature films.[7]

Filmography (Selection)[edit]

Cecilia Pillado - The Pianist[edit]

She also continued advanced studies at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg and participated in master courses directed by Hans Leygraf, György Sebök, Leon Fleisher, Maria Curcio and Paul Badura-Skoda. She studied Composition with Witold Szalonek and completed her classical preparation with Jazz Improvisation seminars by Walter Norris

Her artistic development has been guided by the intensive study of Sergiu Celibidache's phenomenology of music. She also credits her long professional and personal association with renowned pianist Martha Argerich, as well as the frequent contact with conductors Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim, as seminal influences in her professional growth.

She has won a number of prizes and awards (among others the “Teresa Carreño” Prize in Venezuela), and has performed in the United States, Europe, South American and Asia at renowned concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Sala Verdi in Mailand, Teatro Comunale Bologna, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., the Music Hall at the University of Miami, the Arnold Schönberg Center at UCLA, and other notable venues.

She has appeared as a soloist with many international orchestras, and played chamber music with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kammermusikpodium, and the Italian Ensemble Novecento. She also has been invited to participate in numerous festivals.

She gives Argentine music a central place in her performing repertoire, and in her recordings. The collection of CDs offers an interesting selection of argentinian composers such as Ariel Ramírez, Alberto Ginastera, Ástor Piazzolla,[8] Carlos Guastavino, as well as her own compositions. Her own tango arrangements combine classic virtuosity and a big pianistic sound with elements of improvisational freedom.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diario Los Andes Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine Es mendocina pero... Interview by Mariela Encina Lanús (2014, Spanish): "Cecilia Pillado: “Soy una trabajadora infatigable”
  2. ^ Cecilia Pillado on the IMDb
  3. ^ Diario UNO La mendocina Cecilia Pillado brilla en Europa en las salas de concierto.. Interview by Fernando G. Toledo (2012, Spanish): "La pianista del fin del mundo”
  4. ^ Tango Malambo Music
  5. ^ Tango Malambo's Publications at the German National Library
  6. ^ Cecilia Pillado Biography at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Cecilia Pillado’s Film & TV Reel
  8. ^ La Nación: Cecilia Pillado frente a Piazzolla (in Spanish)

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