Grammy-winning pianist dies in New York, aged 39

Grammy-winning pianist dies in New York, aged 39


norman lebrecht

August 30, 2014

Octavio Brunetti, who won a 2007 Grammy for his album Te Amo Tango, has died in New York of an unexplained infection.

His family raised $33,000 in 16 days to help pay for his hospital treatment.

Classically trained, Octavio became one of the leading tango pianists in Argentina, as well as conductor of the orchestra in Cordoba. He recorded with Yo Yo Ma, among others.

Our condolences to his family.
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  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Very sad and tragic for his family, friends and colleagues. His recorded legacy will hope to serve a purpose beyond his brief life. So sorry to hear this.

  • Cho-LIang Lin says:

    Octavio was such a nice person. He had a ready smile and was always kind to everyone around him. When he had to offer opinions about tango music, Argentine soccer or Chinese food, he had that pensive look as if he is thinking of something far away. Then the smile would return and he would begin speaking. What a wonderful guy. I shall miss him.