The important cuban musician Harold Gramatges turns 88
Regardless his age, he still writes, he is president of the Musicians Association of UNEAC and he delivers classes as an emeritus professor of ISA
In love with life and with a startling enthusiasm, maestro Harold Gramatges, one of the most famous Cuban composers, turns 88 years old today.
Harold gave his first concert, with barely eight years old, accompanying his father who was an amateur violinist. After finishing studies in Santiago de Cuba, his native city, he moved in to the capital with the idea of training to continue his studies in the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, but he decided to get registered in the Municipal Conservatory of Music (today Amadeo Roldán), where he took classes with distinguished professors like Amadeo Roldán and José Ardévol.
He was a pioneer of the Group Musical Renovation and of the Juvenile Orchestra of the Municipal Conservatory of Havana, of the music department of Casa de las Americas, as well as of the Musicians Association of UNEAC; and, for some years, he worked as ambassador in France.
His intense innovative activity shows works for dissimilar vocal and instrumental formats that drives us to our roots and comprise symphonic, chamber, and choral music. He also composed for piano, guitar, as well as for theater, ballet, and cinema. He has won important national and international prizes, among them the Ibero-American Tomás Luis de Victoria.
Pianist, educator, and excellence composer, Harold Gramatges reaches his 88 years Â«stubbornly optimistÂ», as he defines himself, and convinced being alive is a privilege. He still writes, he is president of the Musicians Association of UNEAC and he delivers classes as an emeritus professor of ISA.