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Guitarrisimo concert: Homage to Leo Brouwer
Leo Brouwer is one of contemporary music’s living legends. Acclaimed in his youth as one of the all-time great performers of classical guitar, the Cuban composer is a Honorary Member of UNESCO and is recognised worldwide as one the most outstanding living composers for the guitar, and as a pioneer in the fusion of musical styles and genres.
A selection of leading young UK artists honour Leo Brouwer’s visit to London with a bespoke programme of his chamber works, curated by the pre-eminent Cuban guitarist, Ahmed Dickinson. London’s Bolívar Hall provides a heavenly acoustic in which to hear some of Brouwer’s greatest works, including the Beatles-inspired quintet, “Beatlerianas,” and other favourites such as the “Canción de cuna.” Guitarist and rising star Andrey Lebedev will also perform the Sonata No. 5 Ars Combinatoria, which he recently premiered at St Johns Smith Square as a special commission for the Julian Beam Trust, and the concert closes with a performance of Paisaje cubano con lluvia for guitar orchestra, conducted by Maestro Brouwer himself.
This event is part of the guitarrísimo series organised by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes with the kind support of the Oficina Leo Brouwer, Ediciones Espiral Eterna and the Embassies of Cuba and Venezuela.