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Published on Dec 15, 2008
Roberto Firpo (May 10, 1884 - June 14, 1969) was an Tango Pianist, composer and leader.
Firpo was born in Las Flores district of Buenos Aires where his father owned a grocery store. Firpo left school at 15 to work with his father and then several other companies, he eventually saved 200 Pesos to buy his first piano.
Around 1903 he began to have lessons with one of the greats of the period, Alfredo Bevilacqua. In 1907 he began composing and performing.
During his career Firpo played in most of the famous Buenos Aires tango venues such as the Armenonville, El tambito, Palais de Glace, Bar Iglesias, LAbbaye, Teatro Buenos Aires, Teatro Nacional, Salón San Martín and Colonia Italiana.
In 1930 he gave up his tango career for a short while to try his hand at cattle ranching, but he was forced to return to tango after floods decimated his stock and he lost the rest of his fortune on the stock market.