Profile

Finnish bandoneón player and tango musician Ville Hiltula has developed an extensive international career over the years by performing widely all over the world, including Argentina, USA, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and many European countries such as Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Germany, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia & Bulgaria.

 

Ville is the founding member of tango ensembles such as Ville Hiltula Tango Cuarteto, Tangueros Articos, Tangueros Polares, Ville Hiltula Quartet, NoEsTango, Tanguarda, El Orillero, and contemporary tango ensemble Perrito Caliente. He also played 10 years in an internationally renowned tango group Carel Kraayenhof y su Sexteto Canyengue in years 2005-2015, and recorded two albums with them, Tango Heroes in 2008 & Compassion in 2010.

Ville has collaborated with many renowned tango artists such as Ryota Komatsu, Victor Hugo Villena, Roberto Alvarez y Su Color Tango, Gustavo Beytelmann and Pablo Agri, among many others, and played with pop groups Blof, El Juntacadáveres and Nuspirit Helsinki.

Ville has played as a soloist in 3 different productions of Astor Piazzolla´s tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires, at the Halle Opera House in Germany in November 2018,  and at the Cork Opera House in Ireland in June 2013, and also in Belgium during the season 2005-2006 together with Musiques Nouvelles ensemble with various shows around Belgium, and a studio recording of the complete opera which was published in 2016 by NEOS. Ville also worked together with Aurelia Saxophone Quartet and the Argentinean pianist Juan Pablo Dobal in the project called Nuevo Encuentro and made an album with them, which is called Tangón in 2006. Ville has also been touring widely all over the Netherlands together with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam during the season 2012-2013 by performing a modern version of a ballet Romeo and Julia. Ville has also performed in 2 different occasions with a Bulgarian ensemble Quarto Quartet in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2012 and 2014.

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Ville has played with The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra, The Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Chamber Orchestra La Tempesta, and Kristjan Järvi & his Absolute Ensemble. He has performed in various big concert venues around the world such as Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), De Doelen (Rotterdam), Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), House Of Music (Moscow), Bulgaria Hall (Sofia) and Barbican Center (London), among many others. He has also various TV performances. Ville has also had the priviledge to perform twice for the Dutch Royal Family and once for Dalai Lama.

 

Ville has also been teaching a lot actively for many years by giving private bandoneón lessons and coaching various different tango ensembles. He has also been giving masterclasses for bandoneón and Argentinean tango music at the Royal Conservatory of Liege in Belgium in June 2011, and also at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, in November 2014 and January 2016. In January 2015 he became the first person ever to become a bandoneón teacher at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.

Ville started his musical career with accordion at the age of 9. Ville studied classical accordion several years from 1992 until 2003 at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki, Finland, under Heidi Velamo, Matti Rantanen, Helka Kymäläinen and Marjut Tynkkynen. To Complement of his accordion studies he attended in several masterclasses given by Friedrich Lips, Steffan Hussong, Lars Holm, Richard Galliano and Marcel Azzola, among many others.

 

Ville studied bandoneón and Argentinean tango 4 years from 2002 to 2006 in Netherlands at the Tango Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) under Leo Vervelde, Wim Warman, Victor Hugo Villena and Gustavo Beytelmann.

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