LATIN GRAMMY WINNER 2012
“Best Classical Contemporary Composition” – Seducción
He was born in Havana, Cuba, April 27th,1973. The son of the famous Cuban vocal duo Rosell y Cary. His first musical studies were at the National School of Music (ENA) in Havana, Cuba (1985-1991) with classical guitar professor and concert master Jorge Luis Zamora.
At the age of 16, Guerra won the International Competition & Festival of Classical Guitar in Krakow, Poland, as well as the Special Prize (1990). Making a tour the following year for different Poland cities. He thus became the youngest Cuban awarded a prize in an international competition. He graduated as a Classical Guitar performer and Professor in 1991.
He studied two years at the “Instituto Superior de Música” (I.S.A.) and studied classical guitar with Jesús Ortega, Joaquin Clerch and Efraín Amador. Then he moved to Spain, and obtained his Master Degree in Classical Guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music “Queen Sofía” in Madrid, Spain with professor and concert master Gabriel Estarellas. Also he graduated from Counterpoint and fuge (1994-1998) with professors Daniel Vega and Mercedes Padilla Valencia. He received composition classes with composer and professor Aurelio de la Vega, Emeritus professor of the Cal State University, Northridge, California.
He started his career as a producer, composer and arranger in 1990 and has worked with many industry companies and professionals. Artists such us Cristian Castro, Celia Cruz, Albita Rodríguez, Eddie Santiago, Rey Ruiz and Yamila Guerra among others.
Nowadays he writes music for US TV networks such as Univision, Tele Futura; the music of shows such as: FIFA World Cup music theme 2010, “Viva el Sueño” (2009), the Latin Grammy awards (2005 through 2011), “Premio lo Nuestro” (2006 through 2011), Up front (2005 and 2006), “Escándalo TV”, “Tributo a Nuestra Música”, “Premios Juventud”, “Sábado Gigante”, “Mira Quien Baila”, etc. are among his credits. He is composing and producing albums at his recording facility in Burbank, California.
Mr. Guerra, have compositions for chamber ensembles, choral works and for solo instrument. His classical works has been premiered and performed in the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia Cuba and Puerto Rico. The Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, the Brentwood Westwood Symphony, the Latin Grammy winner (2010) The Havana String Quartet, Ensamble Solistas de la Habana, the Orquesta de Baja California, the B3: Brouwer Trio, and many other known artists and musicians.
Guerra, was nominee for the XIII Latin Grammy Awards in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his work “Seducción”, performed by pianist Elizabeth Rebozo, included in the album “Live in L.A., produced by Guerra for RYCY Productions, Inc. . Another track from the same album was nominee in the same category: the “Preludio Nº.1 by Aurelio de la Vega.
In 2010, Guerra was awarded Runner-up by the Brandon Fradd Fellowship in music composition sponsored by the Cintas Foundation and the Frost Art Museum of Florida International University 2010. Four awarded compositions have been included on his album entitled “Old Havana. Chamber Music Vol. I” nominated by the Latin Recording Academy in the Best Classical Album category 2010. In the year 2011 Guerra released his second album titled “Old Havana. Chamber Music Vol. II. He is now working in his third album that will includes new vocal and instrumental works.