Happy 80th Birthday, Leo Brouwer!

Photo © Ivan Soca

OK, it’s true that we’ve posted a lot about Cuban maestro Leo Brouwer in the last year, between our Summer 2018 CG cover story, our coverage of him at the GFA in Louisville, Kentucky, sharing a fascinating onstage interview with him by Stephen Goss and John Williams, publishing a Method column with tips on playing Brouwer’s Danza Caracteristica, and reprising a great 2008 interview from  the pages of Classical Guitar.

But turning 80 is an important milestone we need to celebrate, so join us as we all say: Feliz cumpleaños, maestro! He is SO young at heart, and still creating vital and passionate music! —Blair Jackson 

Tengyue ‘TY’ Zhang in a master class with Brouwer at the 2018 GFA. Photo: BJ

Here are performances of four of his works we’d like to share: