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Born in Buenos Aires, he is a veteran of the Spanish jazz circuit. FEDERICO LECHNER has been and currently is musical director and regular collaborator in multiple projects covering classical music, jazz, tango and other popular music. He has released 11 albums under his own name.
Federico has taken his music to many corners of the world and to Spain, where he has lived for more than 36 years. In 2005 his song Iboga was awarded the “Teté Montoliú” Jazz Composition First Prize and his album “Gardelería”, shared with harmonica player Franco Luciani, won the Gardel Award for Best Alternative Tango Album in 2015.
Federico Lechner is the leader of a number of projects, many of which are already classics on the Spanish circuit. With Puro Gershwin he has taken arrangements of songs by the brilliant American composer to many corners of Spain together with singer Sheila Blanco and guitarists of the stature of Chema Sáiz, Israel Sandoval and Marcos Collado. Other of his most celebrated projects are the Tango Jazz Trio, which often features Sheila Blanco as a guest artist, and Camino a Mercedes, the Argentinean trio that pays tribute to Mercedes Sosa and which he formed together with singer Florencia Bègue and guitarist Raúl Chiochio.
In 2021, on the occasion of Astor Piazzolla’s centenary, he did two high-profile tours as a pianist and musical director with his quintet Piazzolla x100 with drummer Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla as a guest artist, and musicians so well known to Spanish fans as bandoneonist and composer Claudio Constantini, double bass player Toño Miguel and Sheila Blanco on vocals.
He has collaborated with musicians of the stature of Jorge Pardo, Antonio Serrano, Chano Domínguez, Perico Sambeat, Javier Colina, Miguel Ángel Chastang, Pedro Ruy Blas, Bob Sands, Ximo Tebar, Israel Sandoval, Chema Saiz and many more. He has also collaborated and frequently collaborates with international artists such as Jerry González, Christian Howes, Sonny Fortune, Ugonna Okewo, or Rez Abbasi, among others. With them he has made recordings and toured the United States, Europe and South America, performing in such emblematic venues as the Rockefeller Center in New York, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Teatro General San Martín in Buenos Aires, the Flagey Hall in Brussels, the Alcázar in Seville, the Nieremeyer Abbey in Luxembourg and the Medellín Jazz Festival.