Ernesto Cortazar – With You
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Ernesto Cortazar (1940–2004) was a contemporary classical composer and pianist. He composed background music for more than 75 motion pictures. He also gained notoriety by topping the popularity on MP3.com – a leading music-sharing service, popular with independent musicians for promoting their work.
Life and musical career
Ernesto Cortazar II was born in Mexico City in 1940 into a family of composers.
Ernesto’s father, Ernesto Cortazar Sr., was an accomplished composer and was named president of the Society of Authors and Composers (SACM – Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Mexico). Despite being orphaned at age 13, Ernesto continued with his studies by attending a music academy.
He played piano at bars, hotels, conventions and at the same time, studied with Maestro Gustavo César Carreón, one of Mexico’s most important and recognized music industry performers.
Carreón gave him his first opportunity to compose a song for the movie La Risa de la Ciudad (1963) and it became a smash hit in Latin America and Spain.
Ernesto’s main musical composition for this film – piano piece titled “River of Dreams” – won the award for Best Background Music for a Latin American Film at The Cartagena Festival. Ernesto went on to compose musical scores for 75 motion pictures.
Ernesto traveled to more than 25 countries and performed his original compositions for political figures such as President of Argentina Carlos Menem, Nikita Khrushchev leader of the USSR and entertained at various prestigious venues including The Kremlin (Russia) and The Mexican Presidential House.
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