Mario Ruiz Armengol

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Mario Ruiz Armengol
BornMario Ruiz Armengol
(1914-03-17)March 17, 1914
Veracruz,  Mexico
DiedDecember 22, 2002(2002-12-22) (aged 88)
Quintana Roo,  Mexico
Other namesMayito
OccupationComposer, musician, arranger, music teacher
StylePiano (classic, bolero)

Mario Ruiz Armengol (known as "Mayito" or "Mister Harmony") (March 14, 1914 Veracruz, Mexico, – December 22, 2002 Cancun, Mexico), was a Mexican pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and music teacher. He was the son of pianist and conductor Ismael Ruiz Suárez and Rosa Armengol.

Ruiz Armengol started to play piano at eight years old and debuted as a conductor at fifteen, along with Leopoldo Beristaín. At sixteen years old Ruiz Armengol was one of the founding members of the XEW-AM (a legendary Mexican radio broadcaster) music band.

He studied with José Rolón, Rodolfo Halffter and Joaquín Amparán, and in 1942 met Mexican composer Manuel M. Ponce with whom he started a close friendship. By 1954 he was nicknamed "Mr. Harmony" by American musicians such as Duke Ellington, Billy May and Clare Fischer.

Ruiz Armengol became very famous for his boleros. He also wrote more than 31 children's songs, 19 Cuban dances, 16 studies, 16 reflections, 32 miniatures, 5 waltzes, scherzos, minuets, sonatas, fantasies, preludes and piano works for four hands, chamber music for piano and violin, violincello, harp and flute. He was a highly reputed Mexican musician, a master of harmony and classical piano compositions.