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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Studies, Memories & Moons / Simcoe, Nielson
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3170 Release Date: 10/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  José Luis Merlin,  David Leisner
    Performer:  William Simcoe,  Lisa Nielson
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  • 78.
    Strongstrangestrings - Doati, Brouwer, Et Al / Elena Casoli
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33634 Release Date: 05/06/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lou Harrison,  Michele Tadini,  Toru Takemitsu,  Maurizio Pisati  ... 
    Performer:  Elena Cŕsoli,  Maurizio Pisati
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  • 79.
    Ritmata / Hughes Kolp
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126049 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tristan Murail,  Leo Brouwer,  Nuccio D'Angelo,  Armand Coeck  ... 
    Performer:  Hughes Kolp
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  • 80.
    Guitar Collection - Brouwer: Guitar Music Vol 3 / Devine
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554195 Release Date: 03/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Graham Anthony Devine
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  • 81.
    Possession / Lily Afshar
    Label: Archer   Catalog: 5637198889 Release Date: 02/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Kamran Ince,  Egberto Gismonti,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Lily Afshar
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  • 82.
    Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez; Villa-Lobos, Sor / Sollscher
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474174 Release Date: 02/03/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Fernando Sor,  Isaac Albeniz,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Göran Söllscher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - Latin
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80593 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Georges Bizet,  Andrew York,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Scott Tennant,  Andrew York,  John Dearman,  William Kanengiser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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  • 84.
    20/21 - Rara / Leo Brouwer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471589 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josep Mestres Quadreny,  Leo Brouwer,  Juan Blanco,  Cristobal Halffter  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Brouwer
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  • 85.
    Essential Guitar - 34 Guitar Masterpieces / Romero, Segovia
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470477 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Malcolm Arnold,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Manuel Enriquez  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Andrés Segovia,  Pepe Romero  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida,  Barry Wordsworth,  Kenneth Sillito,  Enrique Jorda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 86.
    Brouwer: Guitar Concerto, Etc;  Albeniz / Korhonen, Ollila
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 979 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Timo Korhonen
    Conductor:  Tuomas Ollila
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Guitar Collection - Brouwer / Elena Papandreou
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554553 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Elena Papandreou
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  • 88.
    Vistas - 20th Century Music Of The Americas
    Label: Pima Productions   Catalog: 5637214039 Release Date: 08/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sérgio Assad,  Jorge Morel,  Astor Piazzolla,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Randall Avers
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  • 89.
    Laureate Series, Guitar - Ricardo Gallén
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554832 Release Date: 02/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Flores Chaviano,  Toru Takemitsu,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Ricardo Gallén
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  • 90.
    Moments & Movements - Brouwer, Et Al / Guitars A Quattro
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 67 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Roland Dyens,  Norton Dudeque,  Jaime Zenamon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitars a Quattro
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  • 91.
    Rondo Alla Turka / William Kanengiser
    Label: Gsp Recordings   Catalog: 1004 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Brian Head,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leo Brouwer,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  William Kanengiser
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  • 92.
    From Yesterday To Penny Lane / Goran Sollscher
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459692 Release Date: 09/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Lennon,  Paul McCartney,  George [20th C.] Martin,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Göran Söllscher,  Per Arne Glorvigen
    Conductor:  Mats Rondin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Göran Söllscher
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  • 93.
    Brouwer: The Complete Guitar Works Vol 1 / Costas Cotsiolis
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126040 Release Date: 08/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer
    Performer:  Costas Cotsiolis
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  • 94.
    The Best Of Classical Guitar Vol 3
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126050 Release Date: 06/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wayne Siegel,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Johann Kaspar Mertz,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Isaac,  David Russell,  Costas Cotsiolis,  Roland Dyens  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet,  Le Trio de Cologne
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  • 95.
    Cavatina - Guitar Highlights / Norbert Kraft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554400 Release Date: 06/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jorge Morel,  José Luis Merlin,  Federico Mompou,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Jason Vieaux,  Antigoni Goni,  Norbert Kraft,  Ricardo Cobo  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Romance Of The Guitar / John Williams
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89141 Release Date: 05/02/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Daniel Aloymias Robles  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  János Rolla,  Christine Pendrill,  Timothy Kain
    Conductor:  János Rolla,  Louis Frémaux,  John Williams,  William Goodchild
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Latin Romances - Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos / Sharon Isbin
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61627 Release Date: 02/01/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Isaac Albeniz,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Markus Höberling
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Guitar Meditations / Craig Ogden
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9743 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Lovelady,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Antonio Lauro,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Craig Ogden
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  • 99.
    Cuba! / Manuel Barrueco
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56757 Release Date: 04/06/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ubieta,,  Carlos Farińas,  José Ardévol,  Hector Angulo  ... 
    Performer:  Manuel Barrueco
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  • 100.
    Duettissimo / Michael Tröster And His Students
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2383 Release Date: 02/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael N. Walter,  Leo Brouwer,  Herbert Baumann,  Radamés Gnattali  ... 
    Performer:  Michael N. Walter,  Michael Tröster,  Thorsten Drücker,  Daniela Grohs  ... 
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