Arturo Márquez

Arturo Marquez was born in Sonora, Mexico, in 1950, into the family of Arturo Marquez and Aurora Marquez-Navaro. His father was a well-known performer of so-called “mariachi” music in Mexico, and later in Los Angeles, and his grandfather was a Mexican folk musician from the northern areas of Sonora and Chihuahua. Arturo was the first-born son of nine children in the family and the only one who later became a musician. Thanks to his father and grandfather, at a young age he was introduced to different musical styles and, in particular, to Mexican ‘salon music’, which gave impetus to his further musical development and entered his repertoire. His musical education began at the age of 16, after which Arturo entered the Mexican Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano and music theory from 1970 to 1975. He then studied composition consecutively from 1976 to 1979 with Federico Ibarra, Joaquín Gutiérrez Heras and Sector Quintanar. He then emigrated with his relatives to La Puente, Los Angeles, where he took piano, trombone and violin lessons. In the United States, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and received an award for composition in 1990 from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. He has also studied composition in Paris.  He completed his studies in Los Angeles at the Cal Arts Institute. He currently lives with his family in Mexico City, where he is a professor and sought-after composer. Arturo Marquez’s music is widely performed, not only in Latin America, but throughout the world.

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