José María Vitier

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Featured Cuban composer and pianist, born in 1954. He created his compositions for piano, orchestra, choir and other camera formats and jazz, an innovative way of linking the expression cultured and popular roots Cuban music.

His work of great originality and Cuban part of the repertoire of leading performers and Cuban musical groups and other countries.

He has composed original music for film, TV, theater, ballet and dance works for symphony orchestra and symphonic-choral oratorios, chamber music, choral music, children's music, songs and sacred music within this genre composed the work "Misa Cubana "released in over 20 countries and selected parts of it, to be played during the Mass celebrated by Pope SS John Paul II, in Havana in 1998. In 2008 he premiered his first opera in Mexico called Santa Anna, with libretto by the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes.

Among his works are most widely Cuban Mass, Psalms of the Americas, The Song of the Knight and his destiny, his Danzas Cubanas for piano and songs for voice, piano and orchestra. His film work includes more than sixty productions, among which may be named the film Strawberry and Chocolate, Oscar nominee, The Age of Enlightenment, a spell, waiting list, a paradise under the stars, Things I Left in Havana , etc. He has received numerous national and international awards among which stand out the "Ocella Award" for best music at the International Film Festival of Venice, several "Coral Award" for best music for a film in the International Festival of Havana, among other award nominations for best music for a film on the events: Goya Awards in Spain and Ariel Award in Mexico.

As an author and performer has recorded more than twenty titles, plus performers from around the world have included his music in concert and recorded repertoire. In 2000 his CD "Psalm of the Americas" was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award, the top five classical records. CDs have received numerous national awards "Cubadisco" in various categories, including three times the "Grand Prix" for best album of the year in Cuba and the Grand Prize of Honor for his work. Also has been nominated as a candidate for the American Award Music "Tomás Luis de Victoria" in its 2002 edition, 2004 and 2006. It has the "Distinction for National Culture," medal "Alejo Carpentier" and the order "Félix Varela" in Cuba granted greater artistic merit and contributions to the national culture.

José María Vitier has also developed a wide international activity as a pianist at festivals, concerts and tours in numerous countries in Europe and America. Currently his work is the subject of recordings, performances and study both at home and abroad.

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