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Leo Brouwer

Biography

Born: March 1, 1939; Havana, Cuba  
Progressive Cuban composer and conductor Leo Brouwer was encouraged musically by his father, an amateur guitarist, and began playing the guitar when he was 13. He then became a descendant in an important guitar lineage: Isaac Nicola, his first real instructor, had studied under Emilio Pujol, who himself had been a student of Francisco Tárrega.

Brouwer gave his first performance at 17 and soon was composing music as well. His Prelude was
Read more written in 1956 followed by Fugue in 1959. He furthered his musical education in America, studying composition at the Juilliard School and at Hart College in Hartford.

He became director of the Music Department of the Cinema Institute of Cuba in 1961 as well as professor of composition in the Music Conservatory and musical advisor to the National Radio and Television Chair of Havana. He was also named director of the experimental department of the Cuban Institute of Cinema Arts and Industry, where he continued his own work as composer.

Brouwer was the first Cuban composer to use aleatory forms in his compositions. His varied output includes many works for guitar; percussion; prepared and non-prepared piano; a ballet; a chorus of 12 members, three children, and harp; and several orchestral pieces. He has also written music for more than 100 films.

Brouwer's early compositions reflect a Cuban influence and are strongly rhythmic while his later works veer towards a more minimalist style. His passion for the guitar has remained and he is perhaps best known for his Etudes Simples, a group of 20 studies for the classical guitar where technique and musicality function as one. Brouwer has also explored the possibilities of large-scale works for the guitar, particularly in a piece written for the 1979 Esztergom Guitar Competition in Hungary. For the event, Brouwer composed a piece utilizing an orchestra comprised of 200 guitarists.

Beyond his compositional output, Brouwer has conducted some of the world's leading orchestras including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestra Nouvelle Philharmonic de Paris, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Madrid. In addition, Brouwer retains duties as principal conductor of the Cordoba Symphony in Spain, artistic director of the Havana Symphony and a member of the International Council of Music. Brouwer has also participated as a guitarist and composer in the festivals of Aldeburgh, Avignon, Edinburgh, Spoleto, Berlin, Toronto, Martinique, and Rome, among others. Read less
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    5 Classic Albums / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 624364 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Lauro,  Isaias Savio,  Leo Brouwer,  Benito Canonico  ... 
    Performer:  Gaudencio Thiago de Mello,  Sharon Isbin,  Paul Winter
    Conductor:  Muhai Tang,  Howard Griffiths,  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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    Uarekena / Fandango Guitar Quartet
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22707 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Patrick Roux,  Dusan Bogdanovic,  Sérgio Assad,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fandango Guitar Quartet
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    Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 1 - Takemitsu, Brouwer / Shin-ichi Fukada
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 573153 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Toru Takemitsu
    Performer:  Shin-ichi Fukada
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    Pepe Romero - Master of the Guitar [11-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002012902 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Ferdinando Carulli  ... 
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Angel Romero,  Christine Pendrill,  Agustin Leon Ara  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Los Romeros
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    Play / Jason Vieaux
    Label: Azica   Catalog: 71287 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paulo Bellinati,  Julio Sagreras,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Stanley Myers  ... 
    Performer:  Jason Vieaux
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    Contemporary Music For Guitar / Ilkka Turta
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1491 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Toshio Hosokawa,  Ilkka Turta
    Performer:  Illka Turta
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Julian Bream - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 546242 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Mateo Pérez de Albeniz,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  Peter Pears,  George Malcolm,  John Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold,  Sir Colin Davis,  André Previn,  David Atherton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Julian Bream Consort,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Idil Biret: LP Originals Edition 1959-1986 [14-CD Set]
    Label: Iba [idil Biret Archives]   Catalog: 8501402 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
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    Lagq Latin
    Label: Lim   Catalog: 670 Release Date: 08/20/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sting,  Eduardo Martin,  Bill Kanengiser,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Tim Timmermans,  John Dearman,  Matteo y Memo,  Scott Tennant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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    Agustin Barrios International Guitar Competition Vol 2 - Emanuele Buono
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9445 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Emanuele Buono
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    Laureate Series, Guitar: Rovshan Mamedkuliev
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573179 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Fikret Amirov,  Miguel Llobet,  Sergei Rudnev  ... 
    Performer:  Rovshan Mamedkuliev
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    Eliot Fisk Guitar Series Vol 2 - Christina Pérez Madiedo
    Label: Vgo Recordings   Catalog: VG1016 Release Date: 02/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Eduardo Martin,  Carlos Fariñas,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Christina Perez Madiedo
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    Cecilio Perera: First Prize 2011 Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573025 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Leo Brouwer,  Julio César Oliva,  Vicente Emilio Sojo
    Performer:  Cecilio Perera
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    Pasion / Milos Karadaglic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001700002 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Carlos Gardel,  Osvaldo Farres,  Jorge Morel  ... 
    Performer:  Milos Karadaglic
    Conductor:  Christoph Israel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Filmphilharmonie Studio Orchestra
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    Guitar Favourites / Roland Mueller
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 791 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Domeniconi,  Leo Brouwer,  Yuquijiro Yocoh,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Mueller
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    Johannes Moller - 2010 Winner Guitar Foundation Of America Competition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572715 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Karel Arnoldus Craeyvanger,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Denis Gougeon  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Möller
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    John Williams - The Guitarist
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88082 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Silvius Leopold Weiss  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Julian Bream
    Conductor:  William Goodchild,  János Rolla,  Richard Tognetti,  Louis Frémaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra,  Australian Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Latin American Music For Guitar / Vicente Coves
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572527 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Celedonio Romero,  Leo Brouwer,  Jorge Morel  ... 
    Performer:  Vicente Coves,  Enrique Morente,  Esteban Ocaña,  Horacio Ferrer
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  • 20.
    Sirocco / Sylvie Proulx
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3053 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew York,  Roland Dyens,  Clark Ross,  Carlo Domeniconi  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvie Proulx
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  • 21.
    Schifrin: Romerias / Sergio Puccini
    Label: Aleph Records   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lalo Schifrin,  Enrique Bevacqua,  Alfredo Rugeles,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Puccini,  Gabriel Leo,  Sabina Puccini
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  • 22.
    Hail Cecilia  / Santa Fe Desert Chorale
    Label: Mesa Bluemoon   Catalog: 2079 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Henrique de Curitiba,  Carlos Guastavino,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
    Conductor:  Joshua Habermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Fe Desert Chorale
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  • 23.
    Brouwer: Guitar Concertos / Cobo, Kapp, Pro Musica Kiev
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1040 Release Date: 04/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Ricardo Cobo
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Musica Kiev
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  • 24.
    Idil Biret Archive Edition Vol 3 - Boucourechliev, Castiglioni, Brouwer, Mimaroglu
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571276 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Niccolò Castiglioni,  André Boucourechliev,  Ilhan Mimaroglu
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 25.
    Piazzolla: 4 Seasons 4 Guitars / Eos Guitar Quartet
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 25221-2 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Sérgio Assad,  Jacques Demierre,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eos Guitar Quartet
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