HAVANA, CUBA.- Cuban guitarist, orchestra director and composer Leo Brouwer was awarded on Thursday in Madrid the “Tomas Luis de Victoria 2010” Prize given by the General Society of Authors and Editors of Iberian-American Music (SGAE)
To present him with this prize, the Society took into account his outstanding international career, the way he has taken Iberian-American music to universal dimension, and the fact of being an all-around musician that masters many techniques and genres, the Spanish EFE news agency reported.
The Society pointed out that the prize went to Brouwer for his important career as a composer, a guitarist, and orchestra director and a professor, and for his contribution to the technique and the repertoire of the guitar, based on a combination of indigenous dance and the freshest trends of today.
Eduardo Bautista, president of the Board of Directors of the SGAE, congratulated the prizewinner and asserted that the members of that institution have enriched with Brower'S incorporation to the Society, because, aside from being an exceptional artist, he’s one of the most interpreted ones in the world.
Brouwer, who also received the gold button of the SGAE, was very satisfied with the award, about which he said that nothing can honor a man of artistic culture more than receiving such prize.
The Cuban musician is one of the most important figures of the world of composition, with a catalogue of around 300 pieces and over 600 concerts as a guitarist in more than 40 countries, specifies the report by EFE.
As orchestra director, he has conducted over 100 orchestras; he created and directed the Symphony Orchestra of Cordoba (Spain), from 1992 to 2001, and occupied the same position from 1981 to 2003 in Cuba’s National Symphony Orchestra.