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Ernestina Lecuona, pianist and composer.

Tamara Caridad Mesa González 16 enero, 2020

The pianist and composer Ernestina Lecuona was born in the province of Matanzas on January 16th, 1882. When she was still a child, her family settled in the Cuban capital, where she began piano studies at the Academy of the Asturian Center with Antonio Planas.

In 1897, with 15 years of age, he composed his first work: Havana Luisa, which spread widely in Cuba and Spain. At that time he began in musical and piano teaching his younger brother, Ernesto.

She married very young with Dr. Juan Brouwer, veterinarian of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Havana, with whom he had three children.

As a pianist, she took part in a concert of Cuban music held at the Teatro Auditórium de La Habana, on August 3rd, 1935, in which he performed La comparsa de Ernesto Lecuona.

She also made presentations with her brother, who dedicated three of her works. She offered concerts in Cuba and made artistic tours in Latin American countries to perform in theatrical stages and radio programs.

Her first composition was the Havana titled Luisa, which was followed by other genres and generic modalities such as waltzes, berceuces, Creoles and boleros. In 1932 she met the soprano songwriter Esther Borja, who would later be her most faithful performer.

As a pedagogue, she dedicated herself to teaching piano at her own home and it was she who initiated her brother Ernesto Lecuona in the study of that instrument.

She died in Havana on September 3rd, 1951.







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