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
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 / 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 4 / Devine
Release Date: 11/20/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570251   Number of Discs: 1
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Idil Biret Archive Edition Vol 3 - Boucourechliev, Castiglioni, Brouwer, Mimaroglu
Release Date: 03/30/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8571276   Number of Discs: 1
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Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 1 - Takemitsu, Brouwer / Shin-ichi Fukada
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573153   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    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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    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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    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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  • 29.
    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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    The Lute Is A Song / Karamazov, Sting, Fleming, Scholl, Kaliopi
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 001327802 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Sting,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Edin Karamazov,  Sting,  Renée Fleming,  Andreas Scholl  ... 
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    Irina Plays Ponce, Tansman, Brouwer, Et Al / Irina Kulikova
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572390 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Alexandre Tansman,  Leo Brouwer,  Antonio José
    Performer:  Irina Kulikova
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  • 32.
    Iberoamerica - Ponce, Rodrigo, Brouwer / Hermann Hudde
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2974 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Manuel Ponce
    Performer:  Hermann Hudde
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  • 33.
    Cavatina - Guitar Classics / Marcelo Kayath
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1045 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Garoto,  Francisco Tarrega,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Marcelo Kayath
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  • 34.
    Art Of The Guitar / Johannes Tonio Kreusch
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 02/01/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Tulio Peramo,  Alberto Ginastera,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Tonio Kreusch,  Nan-maro Babakhanian
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  • 35.
    Ponce: Variations On Folia D'espagne / Fernandez
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421816 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Leo Brouwer,  Hector Tosar,  Jaures Lamarque-Pons  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez
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  • 36.
    Rodrigo: Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre; Brouwer / Bream
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7718 Release Date: 10/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Julian Bream
    Conductor:  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra
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  • 37.
    20th Century Guitar Works / Timo Korhonen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE730 Release Date: 10/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Franco Donatoni,  Olli Koskelin,  Alberto Ginastera
    Performer:  Timo Korhonen
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  • 38.
    Ultimate Classical Guitar - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001158402 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Leo Brouwer,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez,  Pepe Romero,  Alexandre Lagoya,  Catherine Michel  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 39.
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637457966 Release Date: 07/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Leo Brouwer,  Enrique Granados,  Peter Sculthorpe  ... 
    Performer:  Rupert Boyd
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  • 40.
    Best Guitar 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15241 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Manuel de Falla,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  Ernesto Bitetti,  Manuel Barrueco,  Dario Rossetti-Bonell  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà,  Jeremy Lubbock,  Elmer Bernstein,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra members  ... 
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  • 41.
    20th Century Guitar - The Art Of Modern Guitar / Igor Zhukov, Friedemann Wuttke
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8039 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Domeniconi,  Leo Brouwer,  Ulrich Wedlich
    Performer:  Friedemann Wuttke
    Conductor:  Igor Zhukov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Florilège De La Guitare - Rodrigo, Brouwer, Etc / Tennant, Dyens, Russell, Assad, Et Al
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126600 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Cootie Williams,  Leo Brouwer,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Scott Tennant,  Roland Dyens,  Costas Cotsiolis,  Roberto Aussel  ... 
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  • 43.
    Soundscapes - Guitar Music By Brouwer, Domeniconi / Rainer Stegmann
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 88527 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Carlo Domeniconi
    Performer:  Rainer Stegmann
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  • 44.
    Guitar Collection - Brouwer: Guitar Music Vol 4 / Devine
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570251 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Manuel Saumell,  Joaquin Clerch
    Performer:  Graham Anthony Devine
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  • 45.
    Brouwer: Concierto Elegiaco, Danzas Concertantes / Sung-ho
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 524 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Denis Sung-Hô
    Conductor:  Philippe Gérard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chapelle Musicale de Tournai,  Alfama Quartet
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  • 46.
    Laureate Series - Thomas Viloteau - Guitar Recital
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570510 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miguel Llobet,  Alexandre Tansman,  Leo Brouwer,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Viloteau
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  • 47.
    Arnold: Guitar Concerto; Brouwer: Retrats Catalans
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430233 Release Date: 08/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Leo Brouwer,  Herbert Chappell
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Avant-garde Guitar / Eduardo Fernández
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433076 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ana Torres,  Luciano Berio,  Benjamin Britten,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez
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  • 49.
    Impresiones - Brouwer, Ravel / Pablo & Rodrigo Garibay
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 139 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio José,  Leo Brouwer,  Maurice Ravel,  Ernesto Cordero  ... 
    Performer:  Pablo Garibay,  Rodrigo Garibay
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  • 50.
    La Paloma - Spanish And Latin American Favorites / P Romero
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432102 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Manuel Ponce,  Guillermo Gomez,  Marco Antonio Guimares  ... 
    Performer:  Pepe Romero
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