Martin Chovanec, bandoneón

Martin Chovanec (1981) is an excellent bandoneonist who initially played accordion and studied it at the J. L. Bell Music School in Banská Bystrica. His tutor was Martin Vaculčiak. He continued with his studies at the Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava where he was tutored by Boris Lenko (2000 – 2005). During his studies Martin performed as a soloist or as a member of chamber ensembles at many concerts and festivals in Slovakia and abroad (Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, France, Hungary).

Since November 2007 he plays a bandoneon, he is a self-learner. In the same year he established the Porque Tango Ensemble (bandoneon, violin, piano and double bass) specialised in interpretation of Argentinean Tango music. The music ensemble  performed in around 200 concerts in Slovakia and abroad – Czech Republic, Austria, France, Hungary, Germany – at various venues and occasions (milongas, music clubs & pubs, music festivals, TV programmes, private parties etc.). Martin was not only Porque Tango’s bandoneonist,  he also arranged the pieces for all music instruments within the ensemble. Porque Tango recorded a CD which was brought out at the performance of music compositions of Astor Piazzolla in 2010.

In 2010, Martin performed as a soloist with the Orchestra Berg led by Peter Vrabel in the Czech premier of “Open doors” for bandonion and orchestra by Bernd Franke, the composer. In the same year he performed with the Slovak orchestra Zilina led by David Hernando Rico at the Slovak premiere of Misa a Buenos Aires by the Argentinean composer Martin Palmeri.

At present, Martin is a member of several music bands and projects in Slovakia and Austria.  see the projects


Professional experiences

2000 –  Soloist and chamber musician at many concerts and festivals in Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, France & Hungary.

2007 – 2012  bandleader, manager and arranger of music band Porque Tango (bandoneon, violin, piano, double bass) specialised in interpretation of Argentine Tango music.

The most prestigious solo concerts


  • Double Concerto for bandoneon, guitar and orchestra by Astor Piazzolla with ZOE chamber orchestra, Nitra, SK


  • Czech premiere of Open Doors with Orchestra Berg – composition for bandonion and orchestra by Bernd Franke, led by Peter Vrabel, the conductor, Prague, CZ
  • Slovak premiere of Misa a Buenos Aires by Martin Palmeri with Slovak sinfonietta Žilina, led by David Hernando Rico, Žilina, SK
The most prestigious music band concerts


  • Tango-Affair, KulturRaum Neruda, Vienna, AT
  • Concert in Blue Tomato, Vienna, AT
  • Milonga Abrazo, La Fiesta, Bratislava, SK


  • Tango Marathon Wroclaw 2015, PL
  • Nitrianska hudobná jeseň 2015, Nitra, SK


  • Noc divadiel, P.O. Hviezdoslav City Theatre, Bratislava, SK
  • Noche Argentina 2014, Vienna, AT


  • Concert in Fania Live, Vienna, AT


  • Concert in Tango lavazza, Salzburg, AT
  • Latino Mio Party, Salzburg, AT
  • Fiesta de Carnaval, Salzburg, AT


  • Danubiando tango festival, Budapest, HU
  • Concert, Gremnické gagy 2011, Kremnica, SK
  • Bonner Tangofestival 2011, Bonn, DE
  • Concert in Slovak radio, Bratislava, SK


  • Tango-baal, Trier, DE
  • Mozartango festival, Salzburg, AT
  • 10 years of tango in Prague, Praha, CZ
  • Concert-milonga, Rote Bar, Volkstheater Wien, AT
  • Desde el Alma – International tango festival, Bratislava, SK
  • Bažant Pohoda Festival – Trenčín, SK


  • Tangománie v Brně, Brno, CZ
  • Bratislava Cultural Summer 2009, Bratislava, SK


  • Festival Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, PL
  • T-Com Fiesta – street festival, Bratislava, B. Bystrica, Košice, SK
Musical cooperation

Ana Carolina Diz  – opera singer, David Hernando Rico – conductor, Dmitri Hvorostovsky – opera singer, Constantine Orbelian – conductor, Matti Kuronen – opera singer, Oscar Ernesto Ovejero – singer, Frederico Diaz – guitarist, Mladen Marino – violinist,  Juan Carlos Paniagua – pianist, Mario Al Fakih – pianist, Angélica Rimoldi – singer, Pablo Martorelli – guitarist, Peter Vrábel – conductor, Slovak sinfonietta Žilina, VENI Ensemble, Orchester Viva Musica!,  Berg Orchestra, Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, ZOE chamber orchestra, et al.


1996 – 2000  Conservatory of J. L. Bella in Banská Bystrica, class of Martin Vaculčiak, music instrument: accordion

2000 – 2005  Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava in the class of Boris Lenko, music instrument: accordion

2007 –  music instrument: bandoneon – self-learner