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(26 September 1918 – 16 December 2008) was a Cuban composer, pianist, and teacher.
The Cuban composers: Manuel Saumell, Ignacio Cervantes, Ernesto Lecuona, Alejandro García Caturla, Harold
, José Ardévol, Edgardo Martín, Hilario González, Fabio Landa, Leo Brouwer, Carlos Fariñas, Héctor Angulo, Roberto Valera, Carlos Malcolm, Armando Rodriguez Ruidiaz and Juan Piñera.
He received his firsts musical orientations in the family. After that he moved to La Habana, Cuba, and was a disciple of the masters Jose Ardevol, Harold
and Enrique Gonzales Mántici. In 1956 he attended to the courses taught by Aaron Copland on the Tanglewood Music Center in the United States. Between 1961 and 1963 he studied at the Moscow Conservatory.
Magaly Ruiz was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, in 1941. In 1981, she graduated with a degree in Composition from the Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana, where she studied with Harold
, César Pérez Sentenat, José Ardévol, Félix Guerrero, Alfredo Diez Nieto, Dolores Torres and Roberto Valera.
Numerous Cuban composers, many of them guitarists themselves, have contributed to create a body of work that may support the didactic and aesthetic efforts of the Cuban Guitar School. Before 1959, some composers such as Amadeo Roldán, José Ardévol, Joaquín Nin Culmell, Natalio Galán and Harold
began composing music for the classical guitar.
was born in Santiago, Cuba. In 1941, he entered the conservatory in Santiago de Cuba to study under professor Dulce María Serret, and went on to study composition at the Municipal Conservatoire of Havana with Amadeo Roldán and José Ardévol (Rodriguez 2001), and with professor Flora Mora.In 1942, he travelled to United States to complete his studies at Berkshire Music Center under Aaron Copland (composition) and Serge Koussevitzky (conducting) (Rodriguez 2001).
In 1952, at the age of 20, Manfugás left Cuba and enrolled at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid (Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid). and she was under the tutelage of Professor Tomas Andrade de Silva. She performed concerts and premieres in Spain, where she released the Dos Danzas (two Dances), by Cuban composer Harold
in 1953. She then traveled to Paris to receive lessons from master Walter Gieseking.
He began his musical formation studying accordion, which he substitutes by the piano and clarinet upon joining the Conservatory, always keeping a clear vocation toward composition. In 1988 he is accepted at the Superior Institute of Art (ISA) of Havana, where he graduated in 1994 as a Graduate in Music with a major in Composition. He studied with Carlos Fariñas, Joaquín Clerch, Victoria Eli, Marta Cuervo and Harold
, among others.
Mike Porcel was born under the name Michael Charles Porcel Henriques in Havana, Cuba on April 13, 1950. He began his musical education at the Fernandez Vila Conservatory under some of the most recognized Cuban figures of those days such as Alberto Bernal, Leopoldina Nuñez, Harold
, Alfredo Diez Nieto, Vicente Gonzalez Rubiera "Guyun" and Angel Vasquez Millares to mention a few. From them he learned classical guitar and harmony applied to the instrument, traditional harmony, counterpoint, composition, orchestration and music appreciation.
In 1938, the Orbón family moved to Havana, Cuba. Here Orbón continued his musical training in piano under his father and his training in composition under José Ardévol, a Cuban composer and conductor. While teaching at the Havana Conservatory, Ardévol co-founded a Cuban school of composers with Orbón, called "Grupo de renovación musical", including many of Ardévol's students. The members of this group included musicians Serafín Pro, Edgardo Martín, Argeliers León, Harold
, Hilario González, Dolores Torres Barrós, and Juan Antonio Cámara. This group was established to promote new Cuban music. While in Havana, Orbón's father also co-founded the Orbón Conservatory.
He has recorded for the discographic labels of Magic Music, Egrem and Colibrí. Many of his recordings, in CD as well as in DVD, have been prize-winning in the Feria Discográfica Internacional, "Cubadisco", such as: Harold
' Complete works for Piano (1999), the Heitor Villa-Lobos' Five Piano Concertos (2007), in which Urbay interpreted the Concierto Nº 5 and Mozart in Havana, with 4 sonatas for Piano (2008), recordings that have awarded a prize under the categories of Great Prize and Solo Player.
Louis Aguirre studied musical composition with Harold
, Roberto Valera and Tulio Peramo, as well as violin and conducting at the Havana Instituto Superior de Arte. He received a BA in musical composition in 1991. He also underwent postgraduate composition studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in The Netherlands from 2002 to 2004, studying the composition postgraduate program: "Contemporary music through non-Western Techniques" with professor R. Reina, and at the Århus Royal Conservatory in Denmark from 2004 to 2005 with Karl Aage Rasmussen, Rolf Wallin and Hans Abrahamsen.
Adolfo Fernández was born in Havana, Cuba. He studied music at the Carlos Alfredo Peyrellade and Amadeo Roldán Conservatory with the teachers Isabel Martí and Angela Quintana, respectively. Later, he continued his music studies at the National School of Art in Cuba under the leadership of the Mexican professor Ana Martinez. Fernandez continued with courses of composition, counterpoint, Contemporary Harmony, Morphology, Orchestration and Physical Acoustics at the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, earned his first doctorate as a concert pianist and a second doctorate as musicologist, both at the University of Havana, he also took lessons with the eminent Australian pianist Roger Woodward, the Cuban pianist Luis González Rojas and the pianist and composer Harold
An important part of his work is the activity dedicated to the duet in which he participates with his brother Evelio Tieles. The Tieles duet have received great accolades from music specialists in several countries and has accumulated a vast repertoire of works from different styles and epochs. Due to their high professional level, many outstanding composers, among which we can mention Ramón Barce, Xavier Benguerel, Harold
, José Ardévol, Nilo Rodríguez, Gottfried Glöckner and Salvador Pueyo, have dedicated original pieces to them. Their interpretive expertise has allowed them to acquiere an ample and varied repertoire that include pieces from renowned Cuban contemporary composers such as: Juan Piñera, Alfredo Diez Nieto and Roberto Valera
Tieles was President of the Music Section of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), from 1977 to 1984, and worked for many years as coordinator of the Cuban Music Journeys and the Contemporary Music Festival of the Socialist Countries in Havana, Cuba. He also created the Contemporary Music Festival of Havana, and founded along with his brother Cecilo, the Tieles Duo, to which many renowned composers, such as Ramón Barce, Xavier Benguerel, Harold
, José Ardévol, Nilo Rodríguez, Salvador Pueyo and Gottfried Glöckner, among others, have dedicated original compositions. Other important Cuban composers have dedicated pieces to Evelio TIeles, such as the Cuban composers Alfredo Diez Nieto and Roberto Valera and the Spanish composer Ramón Barce.
Founded in 1942 under the guidance of José Ardévol (1911–1981), a Catalan composer established in Cuba since 1930, the "Grupo de Renovación Musical" served as a platform for a group of young composers to develop a proactive movement with the purpose of improving and literally renovating the quality of the Cuban musical environment. During its existence from 1942 to 1948, the group organized numerous concerts at the Havana Lyceum in order to present their avant-garde compositions to the general public and fostered within its members the development of many future conductors, art critics, performers and professors. They also started a process of investigation and reevaluation of the Cuban music in general, discovering the outstanding work of Carlo Borbolla and promoting the compositions of Saumell, Cervantes, Caturla and Roldán. The "Grupo de Renovación Musical" included the following composers: Hilario González, Harold
, Julián Orbón, Juan Antonio Cámara, Serafín Pro, Virginia Fleites, Gisela Hernández, Enrique Aparicio Bellver, Argeliers León, Dolores Torres and Edgardo Martín. Other contemporary Cuban composers that were little or no related at all to the "Groupo de Renovación Musical" were: Aurelio de la Vega, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, Alfredo Diez Nieto and Natalio Galán.
Roberto Urbay (born 1953) studied at the National School of Arts with Margot Rojas and Silvio Rodríguez Cárdenas. He was awarded a scholarship to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and received the UNEAC Prize (Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba) in 1973. He also received the Special Prize in Chamber Music at the Grandstand for Young Interpreters at the Inter-podium Festival in Bratislava in 1977. Urbay has toured and recorded extensively. One of his most important musical achievements has been a consistent research, performance and recording of the Cuban piano repertoire that include a long list of composers such as: Manuel Saumell, Ignacio Cervantes, Ernesto Lecuona, Alejandro García Caturla, Harold
, José Ardévol, Edgardo Martín, Hilario González, Fabio Landa, Leo Brouwer, Carlos Fariñas, Héctor Angulo, Roberto Valera, Carlos Malcolm, Armando Rodríguez Ruidíaz and Juan Piñera. He currently works at the Music Department at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina, where he is a full professor since 1995.
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