Walter Biography

Walter Silva was born in Buenos Aires and grew up in a musical atmosphere under the influence of his father, an amateur tango singer and guitarist.

He taught himself to play the guitar when he was eleven years old and at age 18 he began to play and sing in local venues as a song-writer, but two years later he left it in order to dedicate himself to classical music. At this point he started his studies on guitar and music in Mar del Plata with the exceptional guitarist and arranger, Carlos Costa Kelly.


 In 1986 he moved to Spain and continued his studies at the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Música” in Madrid with the Professor D. Ballesteros. Simultaneously, he studied with the guitarist Hugo Geller and attended master classes with several teachers such as Miguel Angel Girollet, José Tomás, Gerardo Arriaga, José Miguel Moreno and Hopkinson Smith among others.

He completed his musical training on harmony and counterpoint at the “Conservatorio Superior de Música Antonio Padre Soler”, in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, where he graduated as an Advanced Guitar Teacher under the guidelines of J. C. Baños.

His particular interest for Electroacoustic music led him to study composition with Gabriel Brncic at the Laboratory of Electroacoustic Music in Cuenca.


As a soloist performer, he took part in the International Festival of Music “Benidorm `86”, sharing line up with respected figures such as Paco de Lucía.


As a guitarist, he took part in the musical West Side Story by L. Bernstein (Teatro Nuevo Apolo, in Madrid, Teatro Principal in Alicante, Auditorium in Palma de Mallorca, Teatro Principal in Valencia).


In the field of chamber music, he founded the trio, Trío Sur and toured in Spain, France and Portugal with it. He coproduced three records with this trio and recorded for TVE.

Discography: Trío Sur (1990), Adagio (1992), Concierto Clásico (1998).

He also founded the group Trío 4, approaching vanguard tango music with it and taking part in The 4th International Tango Festival in Granada and The Festival of Latin American Culture in Santiago de Compostela. Discography: Nuevo tango (1992).

Since 1995 he leads his own group, the Walter Silva Ensemble, he performs his own compositions with. On the occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations, he was invited to perform several concerts with his ensemble at different halls in Madrid.

In 2004 he founded the Walter Silva Tango Trío with the great bandoneonist Jorge Lema and the bass player Luis M. Francesch, approaching the traditional tango repertoire and playing all over Spain.

In 2010 he founded the Havana Chamber Quartet with the cuban musicians Alberto Acuña (clarinet), Alberto Pichardo (double bass) and Pedro P. Rodríguez (percussion) recreating traditional cuban music like son and danzón in a classical style.


As a composer, Walter Silva composed music for the short film “Entre el amanecer y el día” by Mónica Pérez and music for TV advertisement.

His composition “ABANTOS”, a musical piece in five parts written for an instrumental set and  voices, was premiered at the 20th International Autumn Festival in Madrid by the Walter Silva Ensemble.


In 2011, Walter Silva recorded his first album titled, "Todavía hay tiempo", which includes, among others, arrangements of rock and pop classics and his own compositions performed by his group, the Walter Silva Ensemble. His latest album, released in 2013, which includes his own composition, "Seis cuerdas en el alma" as well as arrangements for solo guitar of classical masterpieces and pop and rock cassics, exudes magic, creativity and reveals a distinctive musical personality.



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