Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was an Argentine tango composer, virtuoso bandoneon player and arranger. Although born in Argentina, his move to New York at a young age exposed him to jazz and classical music, including Bach. As a young boy, he studied with Hungarian classical pianist Bela Wilda, who taught him to play Bach on the bandoneon.
In his memoirs, Piazzolla recounts his ‘discovery’ of Bach: “One summer evening I was hanging out without much to do, and I heard a piano playing Bach. At that age I didn't know who Bach was, but I felt as if I had been hypnotized. It is one of the great mysteries of my life.”