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Leo Brouwer
Cuban musician Leo Brouwer, the worlds most important guitar composer alive, received the 2007 Cubadisco Fair Prize of Honor in Havana.

At the ceremony held in the capitals Habana Libre Hotel on the eve, the author of "De Bach a Los Beatles" (From Bach to The Beatles), received the laurel for his work and his outstanding participation in cinema music.

Brouwer (Havana, 1939) began to play guitar at the age of 13 attracted by flamenco sound and inspired by his father, who was a doctor and an amateur guitarist.

His first teacher was Isaac Nicola, who was a pupil of Spanish composer Emilio Pujol. The lauded Cuban musician gave his first recital at the age of 17.

Early in his career, Brouwer composed his "Estudios simples 1-20" (Simple Studies 1-20) to increase the technical requirements in guitar performance.

Undoubtedly, these studies allowed him to accomplish a greater work in guitar technique development, making them both technically demanded and highly musical.

After the death of Narciso Yepes (1927-1997), he became the worlds most important guitar composer alive.

Highlights in his career include the founding of the ICAIC Sonorous Experimentation Group, the conduction of the National Symphony Orchestra and his status as a member of the Spanish Music Academy.

Source: CubaSi

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