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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  • 51.
    Hendrickx: In Deep Silence No 1;  Brouwer, Walter / Smits
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24177 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Owe Walter,  Leo Brouwer,  Wim Henderickx
    Performer:  Raphaëlla Smits
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  • 52.
    Brouwer: Guitar Works / Alvaro Pierri, Denise Saint-Pierre
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23069 Release Date: 10/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Denise Saint-Pierre,  Alvaro Pierri
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  • 53.
    Seventh Sense - Takemitsu, Brouwer, Et Al / Eskelinen, Et Al
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 213 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Peteris Vasks,  Luca Francesconi,  Minoru Miki  ... 
    Performer:  Ismo Eskelinen
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Hemispheres / Lily Afshar
    Label: Archer   Catalog: 1926 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Schneider,  Fernando Bustamante,  Morteza Neydavood,  Garry Eister  ... 
    Performer:  Lily Afshar
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  • 55.
    Sones Y Danzones - Brouwer, Albeniz, Et Al / Trio Arbos
    Label: Ensayo   Catalog: 9821 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Fernández Arbós,  Luis Gianneo,  Astor Piazzolla,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Arbós
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  • 56.
    Repertoire / Esther Steenbergen
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1294 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Leo Brouwer,  Eduardo Sainz de la Maza,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Enrique Firpi,  Eric Calmes,  Esther Steenbergen,  Roel Calister  ... 
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  • 57.
    Latin Romances For Guitar / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82130 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Isaac Albeniz,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin
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  • 58.
    Tracing A Wheel On Water / Aaron Larget-Caplan
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637200700 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lior Navok,  Toru Takemitsu,  Daniel Pinkham,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Larget-Caplan
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  • 59.
    Danza! / Tom Kerstens
    Label: Bgs (British Guitar Society)   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Errollyn Wallen,  Edward McGuire,  Graham Fitkin  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Kerstens
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  • 60.
    More Of The Most Relaxing Guitar Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17564 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fernando Sor,  Toru Takemitsu,  Miguel Llobet,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Shin-ichi Fukuda,  Machiko Kikuchi,  Anthea Gifford  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozart String Trio
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  • 61.
    Between Two Worlds / Eduardo Fernández
    Label: Labor Records   Catalog: 7059 Release Date: 08/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gentil Montaña,  Paul McCartney,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez
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  • 62.
    Hunter Perrin
    Label: Hunter Perrin   Catalog: 5637429839 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  J.K. Mertz,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
    Performer:  Hunter Perrin
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  • 63.
    The Ultimate Guitar Collection / John Williams
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93959 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Enoch Sontonga,  John Williams,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Richard Harvey,  Chris Laurence,  János Rolla  ... 
    Conductor:  William Goodchild,  János Rolla,  Christopher Gunning,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  African Children's Choir,  Orchestra,  Franz Liszt Orchestra  ... 
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  • 64.
    Breathe - The Relaxing Guitar
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80512 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Maxwell Davies,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sting,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  David Russell,  Angel Romero,  William Kanengiser,  Scott Tennant  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet,  Naples Philharmonic Florida
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  • 65.
    The Memory Of 20th Century Guitar Music / Hyewon Lee
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2719 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  John Duarte,  Jacques Morel,  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Rosa Hyewon Lee
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  • 66.
    Masters Of The Guitar / Segovia, Williams, Romero, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000400402 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Antonio Lauro,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Mauro Giuliani  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Göran Söllscher,  John Williams,  Pepe Romero  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Enrique Jorda,  George Malcolm,  Thomas Füri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Symphony of the Air,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
    Latin American Guitar Works / Fernandez, Romero, Et Al
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000344102 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Leo Brouwer,  Antonio Lauro  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Pepe Romero,  John Williams
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  • 68.
    Guitar Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000250302 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya,  Ida Presti,  Pepe Romero,  Andrés Segovia  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel,  Kenneth Sillito,  Nick Ingman,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Budapest Film Orchestra  ... 
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  • 69.
    Villa-lobos: Etudes;  Brouwer: Estudios Sencillos / Korhonen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1028 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Timo Korhonen
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  • 70.
    Cancion De Cuna - Guitar Music From Cuba / Marco Tamayo
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555887 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Simon,  Hector Angulo,  Carlos Fariñas,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Marco Tamayo
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  • 71.
    Inspiracion / Johannes Tonio Kreusch
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 256 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Tonio Kreusch
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  • 72.
    The Best Of Classical Guitar Vol 4 - Paganini, Rodrigo, Etc
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126054 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Leo Brouwer,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Brouwer,  Wang Yameng,  Margarita Escarpa,  Eduardo Isaac  ... 
    Conductor:  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cordoba Orchestra,  Le Trio de Cologne
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  • 73.
    Guitar Collection - Latin American Guitar Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557329 Release Date: 11/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Jorge Morel,  Dilermando Reis,  Marco Pereira  ... 
    Performer:  Ricardo Cobo
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  • 74.
    De Barcelona A L'havana / The Barcelona Guitar Quartet
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 4001 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Xavier Montsalvatge,  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Guitar Quartet
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  • 75.
    Soundscapes / Mississippi Guitar Quartet
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2624 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  John Dowland,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mississippi Guitar Quartet
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