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Mexico city, Mexico
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Portrait of Hector Murrieta
Héctor Murrieta was born in Mexico city and started studying classical guitar at the "Ollin Yolitztil" conservatory with Antonio López, and later at the Escuela Nacional de Música, U.N.A.M. , with Juan Carlos Laguna. He has also taken composition classes with H. Guerrero, G. Noriega and private classical guitar lessons with Gonzalo Salazar and Carlos Bernal.

He has taken masterclasses with some of the most prominent guitarists of our time, amongst them: Gonzalo Salazar (Mexico), Sante Tursi (Italy) Ignacio Rodes (Spain), Robert Guthrie (USA), Costas Cotsiolis (Greece), David Leisner (USA), Manuel Barrueco (Cuba/USA), David Tanenbaum (USA), Thomas Kirchoff (Germany), Dale Kavanagh (Canada) and Pavel Steidl (Chezc republic).

He received a scholarship from the The California State University to attend the Summer Arts Guitar and Lute Institute, in which he also took classes with The L.A. Guitar Quartet, Benjamín Verdery, David Tanenbaum, Richard Savino and the Pearl and Grey Duo.

He has premiered works in Mexico by Peter Sculthorpe, Alan Hovhaness, Lou Harrison as a soloist and Gerald Garcia, Roland Dyens and Alfonso Montes in ensembles. His appearances on a variety of radio shows have brought him rave reviews on his work and commitment.

-Alfonso Montes, Venezuelan composer: “Your interpretation of my music deeply moved me because it transcends what is written on the score. Passiveness before the music is not something your work can be characterized with"

His versatility has allowed him to work with musicians from different fields other than classical music, giving him a versatility not commonly found.

His first CD, "De Oriente a Occidente: Musica del Siglo XX", released in 2007, includes music by C. Chavez, L. Brouwer, T. Takemitsu and H. Villalobos. Music from this CD was used on the documentary "In the Absence of Men" by Reel Futures International, an U.S.A. company working on global problems for a better worldwide future.

“Entre Senderos”, his 2nd CD released in June 2009, includes music specifically written for guitar by some of the most important composers of the 20th century. The works found in this recording are M. de Falla’s “Homenaje a Debussy”, F. Martin’s “Quatre Pieces Breves”, E. Krenek’s “Suite for Guitar Op. 164”, F. Poulenc’s “Sarabande”, T. Takemitsu’s “In the Woods” and W. Walton “5 Bagatelles”.

"Entre Senderos" has already received a special distinction, as it is now part of the "Frank Martin House" archives in Naarden, Netherlands, after being heard by the composer's wife, Maria Martin. It was the composers residence from 1956 to 1974, and is now a documentation center aimed at students, musicians and musicologists interested in the composer's work.

These two recordings can be found on most fine libraries throughout Mexico, worldwide through CD Baby and as MP3’s on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, Napster and Shockhound.
 
 
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