Mexican composer Arturo Márquez Navarro was born in Álamos on 20 December 1950 into a musical family. He began to compose at sixteen and studied at the Mexican Music Conservatory and then, on a Fulbright Scholarship, at the California Institute of the Arts.
His music uses native Mexican styles and forms, and his series of Danzones make use of music from the Veracruz region, and are being used increasingly for ballet productions. Danzón No 2 toured Europe and the USA with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolívar Youth Orchestra, and has become very popular with orchestras.
One of the most popular and important Mexican composers of his generation, Márquez, who lives in Mexico City, has received many awards and honours.
CD Spotlight. A Particular Mexican Sensibility - Paul Sarcich is impressed by Mexican music recorded by Mr McFall's Chamber. '... a very interesting and well-presented disc.'
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney - The home country grown strange
Ensemble. Total Immersion - Ron Bierman listens to Anne Akiko Meyers, Domingo Hindoyan and the San Diego Symphony
Ensemble. Not Quite Christmas - Mike Wheeler listens to the Derby Concert Orchestra