De La Vega, Aurelio

Aurelio De La Vega (b. 1925, Havana): A composer and educator, De la Vega’s vast catalogue of works includes symphonic pieces, chamber music works, solo instrumental pieces, vocal works, piano, guitar and ballet music and electronic compositions. De la Vega has been the recipient of many prizes and distinctions, including having twice received the Friedheim Award of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2000, he was honored by the Library of Congress when his graphic score, “The Magic Labyrinth,” was included in the library’s 733-page volume, Music History from Primary Sources. He has been very influential in the U.S. musical scene promoting the contemporary classical music of Latin America. De la Vega received a law degree from the University of Havana, a Ph.D. in music at the Conservatorio Ada Iglesias and also studied with Fritz Kramer in Havana and with Ernst Toch in Los Angeles. He retired as Distinguished Professor of Music and the director of the Electronic Music Studio at California State University, Northridge. (William B. Warren Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009)

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