Carlos Guastavino (1912 – 2000) born in Santa Fe, was one of the foremost Argentine creators of the 20th century. His production totals more than 200 works, most of it dedicated to the piano and to the voice. His style, always tonal and lusciously romantic, is fully based on Argentine folk music. He is considered one of the greatest Argentine vocal music composers of all times. His beautifully crafted songs cause a deep impression in audiences everywhere, and are quickly becoming staples of the Spanish-language vocal repertoire.
Alberto Ginastera (1916 – 1983) was born in Buenos Aires and is considered one of the most important Latin American composers. He began his music studies at a very early age and in 1934 he got his first award from “El Unisono” having many important awards followed throughout his life. His music covers all genres including three operas, five ballets, orchestra works, one harp concerto, two piano concertos, two cello concertos, one violin concerto, two choir works, cantatas, works for piano, voice, organ, flute, guitar, and chamber music. He also composed music for the theatre and for eleven movies.
Francisco Mignone (1897 – 1986) was born in São Paulo son of the Italian immigrant becoming one of the most important figures in Brazilian Classical Music and one of the most significant Brazilian composers after Heitor Villa-Lobos. In 1917 he graduated from São Paulo Conservatory and in 1920 he went to Europe to study at the Milan Conservatory. Mignone was a versatile composer, dividing his output nearly evenly between solo songs, piano pieces, chamber instrumental pieces, orchestral works, and choral works. In addition, he wrote five operas and eight ballets.
Camargo Guarnieri (1907 – 1993) was born in São Paulo, his father was an Italian immigrant and his mother came from a traditional local family. He composed two operas, six symphonies, six piano concerts and several other works. His work is characterized by a distinctive technical accuracy and a nationalist tone, using several typical Brazilian musical forms. In 1950 he published an Open Letter that became a cultural reference pointing a new stage of his career as a modernist and placing himself together with Francisco Mignone and Villa-Lobos.
João Guilhereme Ripper (1959) was born in Rio de Janeiro. He studied at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and got his Doctor Degree in Composition at The Catholic University of America, in Washington. In 1999, Ripper was appointed Dean of The School of Music of UFRJ for a four-year term. Since 2004, he has been serving as Director of Sala Cecília Meireles, a leading concert hall in Rio de Janeiro. Hi repertoire ranges from Medieval to Contemporary Music, including Brazilian classical music, jazz and bossa-nova. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Music.