Composer Arturo Marquez became fascinated with music at an early age while listening to his father play mariachi and folk music in northern Mexico. Studying at the Mexican Music Conservatory and then awarded a scholarship to Paris, it wasn't long before Marquez developed a signature style rooted in his heritage. His series of Danzones written in the 90's brought him international popularity, and his Danzon No. 2- nicknamed the second Mexican national anthem- is a signature piece of Gustavo Dudamel's gutsy Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. Also, music of Dmitri Shostakovich and Claude Bolling.
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