Composer José White (1836-1918)
, born in Cuba, was a noted virtuoso violinist. He was a close friend of Louis Gottschalk. White soloed with the New York Philharmonic in 1875, and, according to Dominique-Rene de Lerma, was superior to such famous violinists of that day. “La Bella Cubana” was the most popular Cuban composition in the late 19th
Moisés Simons (1889-1945) was born in Havana and was a leading composer, pianist and orchestra leader. He was the composer of El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor) considered by many to be one of the most famous pieces of music created by a Cuban musician and has since been recorded by other musicians from around the world hundreds of times.
Cuban guitarist, bassist and composer, Publio Medina (b1944), has developed his professional career as part of various Cuban music groups and as part of different jazz bands. In 1980 he began his work accompanying on guitar various singers. In his work as an orchestral musician he has participated in multiple shows in cabarets and musical shows, as well as radio and television programs. His composition featured on this CD, Cuan Hermosa Naturaleza, originally composed for guitar, was orchestrated for the Camerata Romeu by Yadira Cobo who was a member of the Camerata.
Argentinian musician, Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) is probably one of the best-known Latin American composers, who revolutionised the Tango genre – Libertango composed in 1974 is probably his most recorded piece.
Mexican composer Eduardo Gamboa (b1960) Graduated from Trinity College of Music in London, Gamboa has been entirely dedicated to composition since 1985. His work includes concert music, both chamber and symphonic, as well as a vast production of music for cinema and theatre.
The Cuban composer and conductor Guido López–Gavilán (b1944) graduated in 1966 from the choral conducting program at the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Havana and in 1973 from the Orchestral Conducting program at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
Carlos Fariñas (1934-2002) was a Cuban composer. He was one of the most important masters of the Cuban avant-garde in the 1960s along with Leo Brouwer and others. In 1956 he attended to the courses taught by Aaron Copeland at Tanglewood Music Center in the United States. Between 1961 and 1963 he studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Fariñas also composed in several styles from traditional symphonic music to computer music. In 1989 he created the Electroacoustic and Computer Music Laboratory at the Art Superior Institute in La Habana, Cuba.
Ricardo Herz (born 1978) is a violinist from São Paulo, Brazil. He is a classically trained musician, and additionally received training in jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Herz’s repertoire is extremely rich in instrumental Brazilian melodies and ranges from North-eastern rhythms to choro, samba and its multiple variations.