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Luis Enrique Juliá


Luis Enrique Juliá

"Luis Enrique Juliá, composer and guitarist, was nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2009 in Best Classical Album category for Concierto de Aniversario, a double CD he produced for Pro Arte Musical, containing works by Mendelssohn and Brahms as well as Juliá’s own five-movement Quintet for Clarinet and Strings (2008), performed by Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pacifica Quartet, Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year and quartet-in-residence of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009-2012.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, maestro Juliá has created music in contemporary Caribbean styles for the stage. His ballet scores include Retablo del nacimiento (Tableau of the Birth of Christ), Venus sobre el cielo del Caribe (Venus Above the Caribbean Sky) and Son de Andanza (Sounds of Andanza). He has also composed songs, dances and incidental music for experimental theater pieces, among them Juegos de obsesión (Games of Obsession), Tartufo (Tartuffe), La bella y la bestia (Beauty and the Beast), Espejos (Mirrors), Don Juan Tenorio, La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream), and Goyita (an hommage to painter Rafael Tufiño in 2013). In 1993 he recorded the CD 'Luis Enrique Juliá / CARIBE,' a combination of classical melodies with popular themes and jazz techniques."

--Excerpt from "Luis Enrique Juliá" (Wikipedia)