About the artist:
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 Artes" (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 moved to the United States in 2000. He received composition classes with composer and professor Aurelio de la Vega, Emeritus professor of the Cal State University, Northdridge, California. He started his career as a producer, composer and arranger in 1990 and has worked with many industry companies and professionals.?
Nowadays he writes music for High Profile TV networks such as Univision and Telefutura; the music of shows such as: FIFA World Cup music theme, Viva el Sueño (2009), the Latin Grammy awards (2005 through 2009), Premio lo Nuestro (2006 through 2010), Up front (2005 and 2006), Escándalo TV, Tributo a nuestra música, Premios Juventud, etc. are among his credits. He is producing and composing albums in 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 in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ecuador, Colombia, and Puerto Rico and performed by the Corpus Christi Symphony, Musica Camerata Montreal, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Baja California, Cuarteto de Cuerdas de la Habana, B3 Brouwer Trio and many more soloist performers.
Guerra, won 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. In 2010 his new album "Old Havana" was nominated to the Latin Grammy 11th edition in the "Best classical album" category. Also this year, awarded Runner-up by the Brandon Fradd Fellowship in music composition 2010 sponsored by the Cintas Foundation and the Frost Art Museum of Florida International University.
Yalil Guerra (Guitar and Piano)