Luis Antonio Ramírez

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Luis Antonio Ramírez (10 February 1923 Santurce, Puerto Rico – 15 May 1995 San Juan, Puerto Rico) was a Puerto Rican composer.

Formal education[edit]

From 1954 to 1957, Ramírez studied piano and harmony with Alfredo Romero in San Juan, Puerto Rico, graduating from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. From 1957 to 1960, Ramírez studied with composition with Cristóbal Halffter and Daniel Bravo and piano with Juan Molinari at the Madrid Royal Conservatory in Spain. The Conservatory conferred a degree to Ramírez in 1964.


From 1950 to 1957 he served as music director of WIPR, the Puerto Rican government’s educational radio station. In 1968 he joined the faculty as professor of harmony and composition at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.[1][2][3][4]


In 1966 and 1968, the Ateneo Puertorriqueño bestowed upon Ramírez the Fine Arts Award. Ramírez is the recipient of several other awards and commissions from fine arts institutions that include the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.[5][6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Fantasia sobre un mito antillano for trumpet, string orchestra, guitar and timpani (1971)
  • Tres piezas breves (3 Short Pieces) (1972)
  • Fragmentos (1973)
Chamber music
  • Meditación a la memoria de Segundo Ruis Belvis for viola and piano (1973)
  • Diez improvisaciones (10 Improvisations) (1971)


  1. ^ Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Macmillan & Schirmer Books, "Ramírez" is in Vol. 5 of 6 Vols. (OCLC nos. listed below)

    6th ed., Slonimsky (rev.) (1978); OCLC 4426869
    7th ed., Slonimsky (rev.) (1984); OCLC 10574930
    8th ed., Slonimsky (rev.) (1992); OCLC 24246972
    9th ed., edited by Laura Diane Kuhn (born 1953) (2001); OCLC 44972043

  2. ^ Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians, Slonimsky, Schirmer Books (1997)
  3. ^ International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory; ISSN 0083-9647

    8th ed. (1977); OCLC 3493652
    9th ed., Adrian Gaster (1919–1989) (ed.) (1980); OCLC 7519641

  4. ^ Who's Who in American Music: Classical, R.R. Bowker (1983); OCLC 9484726, ISSN 0737-9137
  5. ^ Biography: Luis Antonio Ramírez, Latin American Music Center, Jacobs School of Music (retrieved 31 January 2014)
  6. ^ Latin American Classical Composers: A Biographical Dictionary, edited by Miguel Ficher (1922–2011), Martha Furman Schleifer, John M. Furman, Scarecrow Press (2002), pg. 457; OCLC 852757371