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Brower (Leo Brower 1939)




Juan Leovigildo Brouwer Mezquida (born March 1, 1939 in Havana) is a Cuban composer, conductor and guitarist. He is the grandson of Cuban composer Ernestina Lecuona Casado.

Brouwer is best known for his performances and compositions of modern music. He has performed and recorded works by Sylvano Bussotti, Hans Werner Henze, Maurice Ohana, Cristóbal Halffter, Cornelius Cardew, Heitor Villa-Lobos, etc.

Biography of Leo Brower

As a child, Brouwer received his initial stimulus from his father, a physician, who was an aficionado of Villa-Lobos, Tárrega and Granados. He initiated his son encouraging him to play these composers'works, mostly by ear.

Young Leo Brouwer received his first formal guitar instruction from the noted Cuban guitarist and pedagogue Isaac Nicola. Then Leo Brouwer went to USA and studied music at the Hartt College of Music of the University of Hartford, later in Juilliard School.

Leo Brouwer's early works show the influence of Cuban folk music, but during the 1960s and 70s, he became interested in the music of modernist composers.

Among his works are a large number of solo guitar pieces, several guitar concertos and over forty film scores. Leo Brouwer is involved in the "Concurso y Festival Internacional de Guitarra de la Habana"
(International Guitar Festival of the Havana). He travels often to attend guitar festivals throughout the world, and especially to other Latin American countries.

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