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Albeniz, Isaac : Born in Camprodon near Gerona in Catalonia, Isaac Albeniz was by all accounts a remarkably gifted child. He 1 year old when he was taught to play the piano by his elder sister and made his first appearance as a child prodigy at the age of 4 years. At the age of nine his father toured Isaac and his sister throughout northern Spain. At 13, he studied at the Brussels Conservatory with Franz Liszt, Paul Dukas and Vincent d'Indy. At 23 years of age he met the teacher and composer Felip Pedrell who was a leading figure in the development of nationalist Spanish music. Felip Pedrell inspired him to write Spanish music. One of his earliest pieces included as the Prelude the piece that has become famous for the guitar called Asturias (Levenda).
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Brouwer, Leo : Originally named Juan Leovigildo Brouwer, Leo Brouwer was born in Havana, Cuba on 1 March 1939. He has had, and continues to have, an enormous influence on the modern classical guitar demonstrated by hundreds of recordings in which he either played or conducted and a large number of scores which he has composed. Brouwer's music is strongly affected by Afro-Cuban and jazz, but also reflect aspects of his classical training with his earliest influences being Bela Bartok and Igor Stravinsky. He trained in the U.S. at the Julliard School of Music and the Hartt College of Music with composition as his major. Brouwer played a major role in Cuba's music establishment. In 1960 he became Director of the Cuban Institute of Film Arts and Industry which resulted in the composer writing more than 30 film scores. He was also a Professor of Composition at the National Conservatory from 1961-67. In addition to the importance of his contribution to the Cuban music establishment, he established himself internationally through his film scores, many of which became internationally well known, his compositions which have been recorded by virtuoso classical guitarists such as John Williams, Julian Bream and Franz and his live performances and recordings.