Hailed by music critics as “a superb musician” with the “classical virtuosity of a Heifetz or Perlman,” the “suave café style of Florian Zabach” and the “jazzy insouciance of Stephane Grappelli,” Alejandro Drago has “crisscrossed the line between concerto virtuoso and jazz soloist.” His versatile musicianship has allowed him to be successful with many diverse styles and genres. His discography in France, the United States and Argentina includes string quartets, concertos, avant-garde tangos for the EMI International label and works for solo violin CD distributed internationally by Naxos Music Library Japan and CD Tradition.
As a soloist, Drago has performed in the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra), Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, The Kennedy Center and the Kolarac Zal of Belgrade. He has toured extensively in Russia, the United States, China, Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania, Taiwan, Belarus, France, Brazil, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay, Ecuador and Haiti.
Alejandro Drago’s life in music began in his native Argentina where, as a small child, he accompanied his mother, a professional tango dancer, to the venues were she performed. His mother introduced him to Antonio Agri, who spent many years as a violinist with renowned composer and bandoneón player Astor Piazzolla. Agri recommended him to a member of his string ensemble who instructed him in the basics of music theory.
Drago’s many awards include special prize in the Rodolfo Lipizer International Competition (Italy, 1992), third prize in the Petar Konjovich International Young Musicians Competition (Yugoslavia, 1993) and the first prize in the “New Talents in Classical Music” Competition (Buenos Aires, 1997).
Drago is professor of music at the University of North Dakota Department of Music and serves as the music director of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.
Program to be announced.
$15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students, free for UMBC music majors and music faculty/staff, available online (spring 2019) or at the box office one hour prior to the performance.
Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where Linehan Concert Hall is located — please see here for additional information.