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Juan Leovigildo Brouwer Mezquida born March 1, is a Cuban composer , conductor , and classical guitarist. He is the grandson of Cuban composer Ernestina Lecuona y Casado. Brouwer was born in Havana. When he was 13, he began classical guitar with the encouragement of his father, who was an amateur guitarist.
At age 17 he performed publicly for the first time and began composing. Brouwer went to the United States to study music at the Hartt College of Music of the University of Hartford , and later at the Juilliard School ,  where he studied under Vincent Persichetti and took composition classes with Stefan Wolpe. In his early compositions, Brouwer remained close to the rhythms of Cuban music, while later he was drawn to aleatoric music.
During the s and 70s, he became interested in the music of modernist composers such as Luigi Nono and Iannis Xenakis , using indeterminacy in works such as Sonograma I. More recently, Brouwer's works have leaned towards tonality and modality.
His playing career ended in the early s due to an injury to a tendon in his right hand middle finger. Brouwer has written for guitar, piano, and percussion, and has composed orchestral works, ballet, and music for over one hundred movies, including the film Like Water for Chocolate. He is known for a series of studies called the Etudes Simples. He frequently travels to attend guitar festivals throughout the world, and especially to other Latin American countries.
Brouwer is a member of the Communist Party of Cuba , and has held a number of official posts in Cuba, including with the music department of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry. Brouwer is the great-uncle of Al Jourgensen of Ministry fame.
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