Biography

HUGO RIVAS Biography
Hugo Rivas, known as “La guitarra del tango” -the tango’s guitar-, is an Argentine guitarist
and also a hairdresser.
He was born August, 26th, 1974 in the neighborhood of Boedo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He began playing the guitar when he was 8 years old with his father and uncle “ The Rivas’
brothers” and he continued up performing with this duet, the most varied stages of Buenos
Aires nightlife where he stood out playing instrumental music.
At the age of 12, he studied musical theory with Anibal Arias and Bartolome Palermo.
At the age of 15, he was invited by the bandoneonist Julio Pane to play in a duet.
At the age of 20, he had the privilege to begin a friendship with the guitarist Carlos Peralta,
forming later on a duet to play along with Jorge Vidal for five years.
In some of his records, he received the contribution of renowned musicians such as Leopoldo
Federico, Julio Pane, Luis Salinas, Rudi y Nini Flores, Raúl Garello, Ernesto Baffa, Peteco
Carabajal, among others.
He also shared the stage in a duet with Rubén Juárez, Dino Saluzzi, Néstor Marconi, etc.
As a musical director and arranger, he recorded two albums with Argentino Ledesma and one
with Luis Aguilé.
With the master Leopoldo Federico he recorded an album called “ Sentido Único”, a Gardel
award winner album and nominated to the Grammy’s Award as best Tango Orchestra
album.
He also played at Teatro Colon with Leopoldo Federico and his ensemble of guitars.
In 2010 he was invited to be part of “Quinteto Real” conducted by Cesar Salgan, participating
with both masters Horacio Salgan and Leopoldo Federico.
In 2015 he received the “Estrella de Mar Award” for best musical performance.
In December 2016 presented for the first time his current guitars’orchestra at the imposing
“Ballena Azul at CCK cultural centre”
Presently, Hugo Rivas is recording a new album with his own songs.