Mexican composer, musician and academic, Javier Álvarez Fuentes, passed away at the age of 67, reported the Secretary of Culture and the Arts of the Government of the State of Yucatán.
Álvarez, who trained generations of creators and contributed to the artistic life of Mexico in a significant way, is recognized for the creation of works that combine a variety of international musical styles and traditions that often use unusual instruments and new musical technologies.
Its extensive catalog is performed by the most distinguished soloists, groups and orchestras in Mexico and abroad.
In 2015, he was awarded the Fine Arts Medal and in 2013 he was awarded the National Science and Arts Award, in the area of Fine Arts.
Alejandra Frausto, Secretary of Culture of the federal government, shared on her Twitter account: “Dear Javier Álvarez, Yucatán and all of Mexico lose you, but in our hearts we will keep you alive.”
“Musician and composer who never stopped creating, proposing and working for his community and for his beloved Mérida. “I affectionately hug his wife Daniela, and his children Tobías and Magali”.
Javier Álvarez began his musical studies at the National Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Mario Lavista and Francisco Garduño. In 1981 he obtained an MA in Theory and Composition from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and later entered the City University of London to pursue a PhD under the co-sponsorship of the Felix Mendelssohn Foundation, the Ralph Vaughn Williams Foundation and the London School of Economics.
The Yucatan Times offers its sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Alvarez.
RIP Javier Álvarez Fuentes.