Arturo Márquez

Conga del Fuego Nuevo

            A native of the Mexican state of Sonora, Márquez is known for his adroit incorporation of Mexican musical forms and styles into his compositions.   One of Mexico’s eminent contemporary composers, he is widely popular with Latin Americans for the accessibility and attractiveness of his compositions.  Educated at the Conservatorio Nacional in Mexico, he went on to graduate study in California and Paris.  Recipient of an impressive list of honors, his recent works include a commission from the San Antonio Symphony, a cello concerto, and a homage to Emiliano Zapata, the Mexican revolutionary.  His father was a traditional mariachi musician, but early on, like so many young composers, the son composed in the latest, modern styles, often in the usual dissonant and obscure manner. 

Danzón No. 2

            A native of the Mexican state of Sonora, Márquez is known for his adroit incorporation of Mexican musical forms and styles into his compositions.   One of Mexico’s eminent contemporary composers, he is widely popular with Latin Americans for the accessibility and attractiveness of his compositions.  Educated at the Conservatorio Nacional in Mexico, he went on to graduate study in California and Paris.  Recipient of an impressive list of honors, his recent works include a commission from the San Antonio Symphony, a cello concerto, and an homage to Emiliano Zapata, the Mexican revolutionary.  His father was a traditional mariachi musician, but early on, like so many young composers, the son composed in the latest, modern styles, often in the usual dissonant and obscure manner.

Danzon No. 2 for Large Orchestra

            Márquez is a Mexican composer, but who spent his youth in a suburb of Los Angeles.  After early musical training on trombone, violin, and piano, he became a student at the Conservatorio Nacional in the early nineteen seventies, and then later studied in Europe with the eminent French composer, Jacques Castérèrede.  He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with the well-known American composer Morton Subotnick.  Under the influence of the latter composer, earlier on he was active in a compositional style that featured mixed media excursions in dance, theatre, and film.   Computers, tape, electro-acoustic devices, unusual percussion instruments, and actors all contributed to an avant-garde reputation.  But all has not bee