Leonardo Teruggi


Double bassist, composer and arranger, his musical qualities and his constant creative process have made him one of the most active and sought-after musical figures of his generation.

He is a reference in contemporary tango, his favorite field where his passion for writing and the constant search for new sounds for his instrument converge. It is within this hybrid framework, at the crossroads between popular energy and classical tradition, that his personal style blossoms, characterized by a precise and expressive approach to the double bass and by a rich and chiselled writing.

He played with the three major figures of the genre, the great bandoneon master Juan-José Mosalini (2010-2022), the pianist and composer Gustavo Beytelmann (since 2012) and the guitarist and composer Tomás Gubitsch (since 2013).

His three personal projects of musical creation – the Mosalini-Teruggi cuarteto (« Tango hoy », « Chamuyo » fff Télérama, Gus Viseur Prize), the Hayakawa-Teruggi trio in Japan (« Tango nouveau », Latina magazine prize in Tokyo) and the Tangos entre cordes project – punctuate his constant search for a modern, expressive « chamber tango » with a high standard of interpretation.

With more than a hundred and forty original works in his catalog, he is one of the most appreciated composers and arrangers of his generation, receiving commissions from ensembles such as l’orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, the Talweg trio, the trio Surel/Ségal/Gubitsch, the cuarteto Lunares, the quinteto Respiro, the duo Furia/Melis, the duo Inocenti/Sevilla-Fraysse, Las Malenas, La Chimera, and soloists such as Juan-José Mosalini, Juanjo Mosalini, Simone Rubino, Cyril Garac or Ivo de Greef.

His qualities as a chamber musician naturally led him towards baroque music within the prestigious ensemble L’Arpeggiata directed by Christina Pluhar or the ensemble La Chimera directed by Eduardo Egüez, but also towards the scenic and improvised universe of L’Orchestre de Contrebasses.

He has played with artists such as Philippe Jaroussky, Rolando Villazón, Furio Zanasi, Céline Scheen, Luciana Mancini, Valer Sabadus, Sébastien Surel, Romain Descharmes, Ophélie Gaillard, Simone Rubino, Marco Ambrosini in the classical and baroque world; Avishai Cohen, Jean-Philippe Viret, Kevin Seddiki, Ablaye Cissoko, Kiya Tabassian, Lucilla Galeazzi, Sandra Rumolino, Minino Garay in the world of jazz and world music.

He has performed as a chamber musician in more than thirty countries in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Berliner Konzerthaus, Hamburg ElbPhilharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Staatsoper, Haus für Mozart in Salzburg, Concertgebouw in Bruges, Bozar and Salle Flajey in Brussels, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Musiikkitalo in Helsinki, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Seoul Arts Center, Kobe Hyogo Arts Center, Arsenal de Metz, Philharmonie de Paris, Opéra Garnier, Salle Gaveau, Radio France and Théâtre de la Ville, Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron, Stresa, Innsbruck, Potsdam, Gstaad and Cervantino in Mexico.

Born in 1982, he began playing the piano at the age of 5 before discovering the double bass at the age of 18, which he studied in the class of Christian Gentet. Five years later he continued his studies of classical double bass with Jean-Paul Céléa at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he obtained his D.E.M. in 2009.

He currently teaches classical double bass and tango as well as arrangement and  tango chamber music at the C.R.D of Gennevilliers.