Alberto Evaristo Ginastera

(April 11, 1916 – June 25, 1983) was an Argentine composer of classical music. Alberto Ginastera is considered one of the most important Latin American classical composers. Ginastera was born in Buenos Aires to a Catalan father and an Italian mother. He preferred to pronounce his surname in its Catalan pronunciation, with a soft 'G' as in 'George' (IPA: [dʒinaˈsteɾa]) rather than a Spanish J sound (IPA: [xinaˈsteɾa]). He studied at the conservatory in Buenos Aires, graduating in 1938. After a visit to the United States in 1945–47, where he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood, he returned to Buenos Aires and co-founded the League of Composers. He held a number of teaching posts. He moved back to the United States in 1968 and from 1970 lived in Europe. He died in Geneva at the age of 67. Among his notable students were Ástor Piazzolla (who studied with him in 1941), Alcides Lanza, Waldo de los Ríos, Jacqueline Nova and Rafael Aponte-Ledée.

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