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Leo Brouwer


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
Guitar Collection - Brouwer / Elena Papandreou
Release Date: 01/15/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554553   Number of Discs: 1
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Guitar Collection - Brouwer: Guitar Music Vol 1 / Cobo
Release Date: 09/08/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553630   Number of Discs: 1
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Guitar Collection - Brouwer: Guitar Music Vol 3 / Devine
Release Date: 03/18/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554195   Number of Discs: 1
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Iberoamerica - Ponce, Rodrigo, Brouwer / Hermann Hudde
Release Date: 06/30/2009   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2974   Number of Discs: 1
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Irina Plays Ponce, Tansman, Brouwer, Et Al / Irina Kulikova
Release Date: 09/29/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572390   Number of Discs: 1
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    Idil Biret: 20th Century Piano Edition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501503 Release Date: 10/13/2017   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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    50th Anniversary Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573850 Release Date: 09/08/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikita Koshkin,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
    Performer:  Artyom Dervoed,  Petrit Ceku,  Irina Kulikova,  András Csáki  ... 
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    Complete Solo Recordings / Yepes
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797316 Release Date: 06/09/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  Luis de Milan,  Luis de Narváez,  Diego Pisador  ... 
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes
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  • 4.
    Anthology of Classical Guitar Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95480 Release Date: 05/26/2017   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Robert de Visée,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Krishnasol Jiménez,  Luigi Attademo,  Claudio Giuliani,  Sara Ligas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartett Orfeo,  Claude Quartet
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    Guitar Vibes: Music For Guitar And Strings / Elias, Netherlands Chamber Ensemble, Matangi Quartet
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95484 Release Date: 05/26/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Maximo Diego Pujol,  Roberto Sierra,  Florian Magnus Maier
    Performer:  Izhar Elias,  Greg Smith,  Juri Kuefner,  Florian Magnus Maier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Matangi String Quartet
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    Sound of Cuba / Various
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 560474 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Maguel Campanioni,  Angel Almenares,  Oscar Hernandez  ... 
    Performer:  Floricelda Faez,  Candida Faez,  Manuel Barrueco,  Kathryn Stott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Miraflores
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    Piano Music of Cuba / Moutouzkine
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30064 Release Date: 01/20/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomás Buelta y Flores,  Ernán López-Nussa,  César Perez Sentenat,  Enrique Guerrero  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Moutouzkine
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    Guitar Recital: Armen Doneyan
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573591 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Dubez,  Luigi Legnani,  Alexandre Tansman,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Armen Doneyan
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    Guitar Recital: Kukhta
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573577 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Galina Gorelova,  Leo Brouwer,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Roberto Gerhard  ... 
    Performer:  Pavel Kukhta
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  • 10.
    The Art of the Guitar
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555261 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fernando Sor,  Narciso Yepes,  Francisco Tarrega,  Miguel Llobet  ... 
    Performer:  Turibio Santos,  Pierre Laniau,  Ernesto Bitetti,  Wulfin Lieske  ... 
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  • 11.
    Latin Latitudes / Tortorelli
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95285 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Leo Brouwer,  Julian Arcas,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Tortorelli
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  • 12.
    Brouwer: Concierto de Benicassim - Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez - Martin: Guitare
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573542 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Frank Martin,  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Miguel Trapaga
    Conductor:  Óliver Díaz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galicia Real Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    John Williams: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [58 CD + 1 DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 309294 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 59
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francisco Tarrega,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Julian Bream,  Carlos Bonell,  Brian Gascoigne  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Daniel Barenboim,  John Williams,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  String Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    The Brazilian Guitar / Flavio Apro
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94810 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joao Pernambuco,  Alberto Nepomuneco,  Ernesto Nazareth,  Anibal Augusto Sardinha  ... 
    Performer:  Flávio Apro
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  • 15.
    5 Classic Albums / 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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  • 16.
    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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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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