The Asociación Festivales Musicales de Buenos Aires and the Academia Bach have been devoted to the promotion and diffusion of classical music in Argentina since 1976. Its artistic director, Mario Videla, is also an organist and conductor, and one of the most important figures of classical music in South America.
In this interview, Mario Videla talks about Festivales Musicales’ 2008 concert cycle, “Bach & the 20th Century”, and about the creation of the Academia Bach in 1983. He also recalls how Helmut Rilling, the director of the International Bach Academy of Stuttgart, inspired him to organize the extremely successful Conciertos Comentados (Concerts with Commentary) in Buenos Aires. Finally, Maestro Videla tells us about the radio program on Bach cantatas he has been doing for 10 years, which is also broadcast in Venezuela and Brazil.