Born in an European milieu of celebrated artists, Darío A. Ntaca emerges as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Young Dario had the privilege to meet at age 14 the legendary Earl Wild, whose pianistic influence as “The Last Romantic” has been vital in his development due to his rare and particular musical conceptions. He then launched a successful career as virtuoso pianist and conductor that makes him one of most unique and exceptional musicians holding the legacy of the early 20th Century ́s post-romanticism. Besides his international engagements in both fields, Mr. Ntaca is the founder of the Sinfonietta Argerich, and has been its Music Director since its creation in 2004. He has toured with the Orchestra most of the major musical centers in Argentina with Martha Argerich as soloist. In addition, Mrs. Argerich and Mr. Ntaca have also appeared in many occasions as a piano duo, performing regularly at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the home for the annual “Martha Argerich International Festival” and more recently during the Singapore International Piano Festival; in this occasion the duo presented a full recital program plus an orchestral gala, featuring Mr. Ntaca conducting the Singapore Symphony Orchestra form the keyboard and collaborating from the podium with Martha Argerich in her debut in this country.
Mr. Ntaca has been Music Director the San Luis Orchestra in Argentina from 1990 to 1996. His most remarkable activities with the SLO include a US tour in 1992 performing throughout Vermont, Massachusetts and Florida where he played and conducted from the keyboard. His performance in Miami was highly praised by the Miami Herald. Later on, in 1995, he was re-engaged to conduct the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra at the opening night of the Festival Miami, also acclaimed unanimously by music critics in Florida. A CD containing highlights from the San Luis Orchestra’s U.S. tour has been released in 1994. Works include Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F, K. 459 with Mr. Ntaca conducting from the keyboard.
Mr. Ntaca has appeared as pianist and conductor with the Sinfonietta de Paris, Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic; in Bulgaria with the Burgas Symphony Orchestra, Russe Philharmonic, Varna Philharmonic and Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestras; a recent outstanding performance with the Sofia Sinfonietta also features Maestro Ntaca conducting from the keyboard. He also toured Spain in 1994 with the Oxford Chamber Orchestra. His piano repertoire includes all the works for piano and orchestra by Rachmaninoff and he has performed them in major centers throughout the Americas. These performances were acclaimed unanimously by critics and distinguished artists like Martha Argerich and Alexis Weissenberg in 1990. He is also frequently invited to perform Brahms’ Piano Concerti. He has appeared as soloist in both masterpieces with the National Symphony Orchestra in Argentina. He also conducts from the keyboard most of Mozart’s Piano Concerti.
Mr. Ntaca has performed solo recitals in major international centers such as Paris, Belgrade, Bucharest, Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York, etc. In 1985, The New York Times praised his performance
at Carnegie Recital Hall. In addition to these activities, he has served as Music Director at the Guild for International Piano Competitions, being subsequently invited to be a juror at the Palm Beach International Piano Competition from 1991 until 2001. Mr. Ntaca also gave Master Classes in piano and chamber music at the Universidade Federal de Brasilia, National Conservatory of Romania, Guarnerius Art Centre in Serbia, California State University, New England Conservatory in Boston, Florida Atlantic University and the prestigious Mc Gill University in Montréal.
The eldest son of the late Alejandro Ntaca, one of the leading piano pedagogues of the second half of the Century, he began his piano lessons with his mother, Marta Rossi, and then furthered his studies under his father’s intensive guidance. He also studied orchestral conducting at Juilliard School with the outstanding Opera Conductor Vincent La Selva and he is a graduate of the State University of New York where he studied with Claudio Arrau ́s assistant, Mo Germán Diez. For his performance of Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto, he received the “1983 Concert Award” from the State University of New York and in 1985 he was awarded “Silver Medal” at the Mozart International Competition in Colorado.
A milestone production in 2005 with the “Sinfonietta Argerich” has been released in a DVD containing Bach ́s Concerto in G minor with Mo. Darío Ntaca conducting from the keyboard.
Mr. Ntaca ́s most celebrated videos include:
Darío Ntaca performs live Tchaikovsky ́s Piano Concerto N° 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxvb-fH0oXA
Martha Argerich and Dario Ntaca perform Rachmaninoff Suite No 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lASbVeuwSDs
Darío Ntaca performs Schubert at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2gK_qfuexs
Darío Ntaca performs Brahms ́s Concerto No 2 (Scherzo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV1H5lN-vWE