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Angel Frette has been a percussionist in the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra – Teatro Colón since 1988. He began his percussion studies with Juan Ringer and also studied in the United States with marimbist William Moersch in 1994 and 1995, with the support of the Antorchas, Proscenio, and Teatro Colón Foundations. Mr. Frette has premiered more than 80 works by Argentine composers, including eight concertos for marimba and orchestra, with most of the symphony orchestras in Argentina (Buenos Aries Philharmonic, Argentine National Symphony, Symphony of Mar del Plata, Symphony San Juan, Mendoza Symphony, Symphony Parana, Rosario Symphony, Symphony Bahia Blanca, etc.). 

As a marimba soloist, he has performed in Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Croatia, and in the United States at the Universities of Miami, Illinois, and Minnesota. In 2000, he toured Spain as a duo with William Moersch, performing in the cities of Seville, Almeria, Alicante, Valencia, and Madrid. In 2001, he performed in Espiño and Braga (Portugal), and in Valencia (Spain) as a guest soloist with the Amores Percussion Group, and in 2002, as a solo marimbist in Ribarroja, Zaragoza, and Barcelona (Spain) and Philadelphia (USA).

Angel Frette was a member of the jury in the International Marimba Competition in Belgium (2001 and 2004), the 1st South American Marimba Competition in Brazil (2003), the National Marimba Competition in Chiapas, Mexico (2006), and the International Marimba Competition in Fermo, Italy (2008). In 2002, he served as Professor of Percussion for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, based at the New England Conservatory in Boston. 

Mr. Frette is a frequent featured artist at international percussion festivals, including the Paris Percussion Festival, the Chiapas Marimba Festival (Mexico), the International Percussion Festival Tamborimba (Colombia) , the Bolivia Percussion Festival, the International Festival of Peruvian Cajon, the Costa Rican International Marimba festival, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. In 2011, he gave the South American premiere of Michael Torke’s Rapture, concerto for percussion and orchestra, at the Teatro Colón, and in 2012, he again toured five cities in Spain, performing concerts and teaching Latin-American music. 

As a recording artist, his CD releases include “The Marimba in Argentina,” “The Marimba in Argentina II: Un camino de tierra,” “The Marimba in Argentina III: Tangos y mas,” “Argentine Music for Percussion” with the Percussion Ensemble Patagonia, and “American Fantasy,” which contains the complete works for two pianos and percussion by Danish composer Kim Helweg, with Silvia Dabul and Manuel Massone. 
Mr. Frette was awarded a Distinction by the Konex Foundation and the Special Prize of the Society of Argentine Composers (SADAIC). 

Angel Frette is head of percussion at the Patagonia Institute of the Arts in General Roca, Rio Negro, and directs both the annual International Percussion Festival of Patagonia (2003-14) and the International Marimba Festival of Patagonia.