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Artist: Ernesto Cortazar
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.
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 more than 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. Ernesto's performances were requested and enjoyed by many of Hollywood's biggest celebrities including Charlton Heston, Danny DeVito, Michael Bolton, Octavio Paz, and The Rolling Stones.
Ernesto Cortazar found even bigger fame being the #1 artist on the #1 music website in the world. Among 130,000 artists Ernesto lead the way with over 14,000,000 downloads to his compositions on MP3.com from 1999 to 2001 which would normally make one a multi-platinum artist by gold/platinum sales designation of the traditional music industry. His sites were visited by more than 4,000,000 viewers.
He established a website community which is translated to English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and German.
In 2001, Ernesto moved from Los Angeles to Tampico, Mexico to live his last years near his family, where he died in 2004. His music legacy is continued by his two sons, Ernesto Cortazar III and Edgar Cortazar, who are successful songwriters on the Latin market.
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