Narciso Figueroa Sanabia


Maestro Narciso Figueroa was born in Aguadilla , Puerto Rico, on October 31, 1906n and died in Santurce on September 4, 2004 at the age of 98. He was the third of 11 children that were born to Jesús Figueroa and Carmen Sanabia. He began his musical studies with his parents and soon started playing with his brother José.

On April 19, 1924, he enrolled at the Real Conservatorio de Música of Madrid graduating in 1928. There he was awarded the First Prize in Piano and First Prize in Chamber Music. Later on in 1931, he enrolled at the "Ecole Normale de Musique" in Paris where he studied with Alfred Cortot. He graduated in 1934. In 1935, with the advice and constant guidance of eminent teacher and pianist Alfred Cortot, the Figueroa Quintet was founded in Paris. The members were all Narciso's brothers, José(violinist), Kachiro(violinist), Guillermo(violist), Rafael(cellist) and Narciso(pianist).

Maestro Narciso Figueroa performed with different artists suc as Maestro Pablo Casals, Pierre Fournier and Herik Szering. He has performed concerts in Europe, United States, Central and South America and the Caribbean. He has performed chamber music concerts in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Palacio de la Música in Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid and Wigore Hall in London.

His work in Puerto Rico has been as Professor at the Conservatory of Music in Sa Jua and he has been a distinguished composer that has recieved more than 30 first prizes, from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and the Círculo de Recreo in San Germán, writing Puerto Rican Danzas. He is known as "The Father of the Modern Puerto Rican Danza".

Some of his danzas are:  Añoranzas  Danza negra para piano y voz  Me voy pa' Niu Yol  Recuerdos  Vana Ilusión _ Erie

Ballet: _ Estampas del San Juan que yo amo

Piano Concerto: - Fantasía Boriquense

Art songs dedicated to José de Diego and Llorens Torres.

Christmas Songs such as:  Camino de Belen  El Arbol de Navidad  El pobre zapatito  Nochebuena  Soy un pobre Jibaro

The novelist Mayra Montera wrote a novel titled "Vana Ilusion" based on Nraciso's Danza and his life and times.

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