One of those rare musicians in the bandoneon world who has broken out of the common tango mold to explore the full polyphonic and rhythmic potential of the instrument. Earning his degree from the “Manuel de Falla” Conservatory of Buenos Aires in 2012, he studied under the tutelage of maestro Rodolfo Daluisio, the great pioneer of concert bandoneon.
Amijai has forged a career encompassing the full range of the bandoneon: from solo classical to orchestral works, from tango to heavy metal compositions. Notable highlights include performing as a soloist in the world premier of “Fiori Musicali for Bandoneon and String Orchestra” Opus 131, no.3 by Rodolfo Daluisio at the Artes Vertientes Festival in Brasil, in the piece “Summer Band” by Daniel Teruggi at the first festival of Electro-acoustic Music in Buenos Aires, soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony and bandoneon solo concerts at the University of Toronto and Cornish School of Arts (Seattle).
He recorded and performed in several projects of contemporary tango, such as the Orquesta Diptica, Graciano4Cuarteto and Quinteto Agustin Guerrero.
Amijai has broad experience teaching in both Spanish and English he is currently teaching at the Buenos Aires Music Conservatory "Manuel de Falla", J.P. ESNAOLA School of Music and the Conservatory of San Martin.
In 2018 he gave a masterclass for composers at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto, lectures at the University of Montreal and McGill, and in 2019 a workshop and concert at the University of Berlin.
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Born in Canada to a Polish father and Argentine mother and raised in Israel, Amijai has resided in Buenos Aires from 2006 to 2020 and is currently living in Montreal.