Uruguayan conductor and composer José Serebrier was born in Montevideo on 3 December 1938, and first conducted Montevideo's Municipal School of Music Orchestra at the age of eleven. He studied composition and conducting with Guido Santórsola and piano with Sarah Bourdillon Santórsola. At fifteen he won the Uruguay National Orchestra's composition contest with his Legend of Faust overture. He then studied on a scholarship at the Curtis Institute with Vittorio Giannini, and later with Aaron Copland and Pierre Monteux. His first symphony was given its first performance by Leopold Stokowski.
CD Spotlight. South American Melodic Turns - Music by José Serebrier, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... I was very much taken by the imagination, colour, rhythm and neo-classical expressiveness of the music, particularly in the "tango" pieces ...'
CD Spotlight. Empathetic Performances - Beethoven and Clement violin concertos, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... Barton-Pine's faultlessly sculpted performance is unequivocally persuasive ...'
CD Spotlight. Novel Soundscapes - Music by Xiaogang Ye, enjoyed by Geoff Pearce. '... superbly directed and played ...'
CD Spotlight. Loads of Variety - Latin music from Rachel Barton Pine, recommended by Howard Smith. '... immaculate, relaxed, resonant performances ...'
Record Box. Many Moods - Orchestral music by Glazunov, recommended by Robert Anderson
CD Spotlight. Fine Indeed - Stokowski symphonic transcriptions, recommended by Howard Smith. '... an unqualified testament to Stokowski's magic.'