“When I heard the music of Astor Piazzolla in the 90s, living in Germany, I did not suspect that this experience could change my destiny. I traveled to Buenos Aires to study the bandoneón. And now it has been nearly 20 years since I have been living here, and my bandoneón and the tango are still very much a part of my path.”
Bernd “Bernardo” Fingas is a German bandoneonist, arranger, composer based in Buenos Aires.
Bernardo earned a degree in Fine Arts from the “Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf”. In 1998, he traveled to Buenos Aires for the first time to study the bandoneón and since 2003 has made the city his home. He studied under the Masters Julio Pane, Osvaldo Montes y Rodolfo Mederos and has taken classes of classical composition with Diego Gardiner. He was also a guest student of Juan Falú at the “Conservatorio Manuel de Falla”.
Since 2008 Bernardo has toured seven times to Europe and one time to Brazil with different groups, and he has released four CDs.
His distinguished presentations in Buenos Aires include: Confitería Ideal, La Nacional, C.C. Torcuato Tasso, Casa del Tango, Botica del Ángel, Centro Cultural de la Cooperación and Parakultural Salon Canning and Bargoglio. He also performed at the Festival de Igualdad Cultural and the Festival FACAFF.
Bernardo wrote the music for the drama Lissandro y Leandro, by Pacho O’Donnell.
He accompanied singer Nico Favio in his programs.
And he accompanied actor Raul Rizzo in the play Por Una Cabeza.
In 2018 Bernardo received a national award from the National Institute for Music (INAMU), which he devoted to producing the album Flaneur, recorded at the renown ION studios with Hernan Reinaudo, Felipe Traine, Vicente Correa, and other musicians.
In 2019 Flaneur was presented at the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación and at the FACAFF3 Festival.
In 2020 he published a compilation of arrangements for solo bandoneón entitled Solos de Bandoneón with a preface by Rodolfo Mederos. He also recorded the pieces and subsequently released an EP.
Bernardo has received Special Mention from the National Arts Foundation (Fondo Nacional de las artes) in the Composition Contest, Category Tango, for his work Suite Almagro.