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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  • 101.
    Journey To The Amazon / Isbin, Winter, Thiago De Mello
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 19899 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaudenci Thiago de Mello,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gentil Montańa,  Antonio Lauro  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Gaudencio Thiago de Mello,  Paul Winter
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  • 102.
    Rodrigo, Giuliani: Guitar Concertos;  Brouwer / Pierri
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23082 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Mauro Giuliani,  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Alvaro Pierri
    Conductor:  Raymond Dessaints
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amati Ensemble
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  • 103.
    The Best Of Classical Guitar Vol 2 / Russel, Aussel, Et Al
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126038 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sérgio Assad,  Fernando Sor,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Sérgio Assad,  Odair Assad,  David Starobin,  Eduardo Isaac  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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  • 104.
    El Decameron Negro / Michael Tröster
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2288 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Leo Brouwer,  Eduardo Angulo
    Performer:  Michael Tröster
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  • 105.
    Kechley, Brouwer, Sekiya, Et Al / Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 207 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Janika Vandervelde,  Eleanor Hovda,  Naomi Sekiya,  Leslie Bassett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
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  • 106.
    Brouwer: Guitar Concertos / Cobo, Kapp, Pro Musica Kiev
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1040 Release Date: 04/02/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Ricardo Cobo
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Musica Kiev
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  • 107.
    Falla, Brouwer, Rak, Boccherini, Fauré / Quartetto Torres
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 668 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Gabriel Fauré,  Luigi Boccherini,  Stepán Rak  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Torres Quartet
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  • 108.
    Music For Piano And Guitar / Debora Halász, Franz Halász
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 671 Release Date: 10/14/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Leo Brouwer,  Alberto Ginastera
    Performer:  Débora Halász,  Franz Halász
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  • 109.
    El Amor Brujo / The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126001 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ian Krouse,  Leo Brouwer,  Aaron Copland,  Valdo Sciammarella  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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  • 110.
    Iberio-American Guitar Music / Mikulka
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 340 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Francisco Tarrega,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Mikulka
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  • 111.
    Latin American Guitar Festival
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550273 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Lauro,  Jorge Cardoso,  Roland Dyens,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Garcia
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  • 112.
    Road To The Sun / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59591 Release Date: 09/23/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Eduardo Sainz de la Maza,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
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  • 113.
    Latin American Music For Two Guitars / Sergio & Odair Assad
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79116 Release Date: 05/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Leo Brouwer,  Hermeto Pascoal,  Radamés Gnattali  ... 
    Performer:  Sérgio Assad,  Odair Assad
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