Viviana Ruiz (b. Havana, 1963): A pianist and composer, Ruiz graduated in 1989 from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte with a degree in music composition. Among her works are Penetrating Silence, a piece for piano, string orchestra and percussion, and Bosque, a piece for orchestra and batá drums, in which she incorporates Afro-Cuban rhythmic elements. Her pieces have been heard in various national and international festivals. She lives in Miami, where she teaches piano and composition from her own studio. (Cintas for music, 1992-93)

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