ERNESTO LECUONA is Latin America’s most renowned pianist and composer. His hands accomplished sensuous tones, moving between highbrow and popular music with the deftness of an old-hand goldsmith, turning the untamed beauty of African rhythms and refined Latin harmonies into jewels. He masterfully adapted the drums that he used to hear from the window of his childhood home in Havana to classical scores on the piano in the living room of his house.
His uniqueness as a composer has immortalised zarzuelas, dances, waltzes, and more than one of his creations have come close to becoming the anthem of an era.
Latin America always adored him, and he received critical acclaim worldwide. In the 1940s, Japan discovered that the island of Cuba existed, thanks to ERNESTO LECUONA, music. Hollywood bowed at his feet, he won an Oscar and he composed soundtracks for films. In Spain, Andalusians bestowed the title of adopted son on him, and with good reason, since Andalusia greatly inspired his work. Meanwhile, in Madrid, the Gran Vía became a swarm of people hungry for his music. Every year the United States, Argentina, Mexico and countless other countries competed for the opportunity to contract the maestro Lecuona for the next season of concerts.
maestro Lecuona for the next season of concerts.
But success did not tarnish the rare modesty of this genius, and much less his philanthropic nature. Throughout his life he discovered young talented people who over time became brilliant artists on the Cuban stage and further afield.
After he passed away in the Canary Islands, New York commended him and received his coffin in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
PLAYING LECUONA is the well-deserved tribute that he never received.