Famous Composers from Venezuela

List of notable or famous composers from Venezuela, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Venezuela and even some popular composers who immigrated to Venezuela. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Venezuelan composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Venezuela is included when available.

Gustavo Dudamel and Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This historic composers from Venezuela list can help answer the questions "Who are some Venezuelan composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Venezuela?" These prominent composers of Venezuela may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Venezuelan composers.

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  • Andres Levin
    Photo: user uploaded image
    Andrés Levin is a Venezuelan-born American record producer, band leader, film maker, recording engineer and philanthropist. Levin won a Grammy award in 2009 for his production of the In The Heights Cast Recording. His Grammy nominated Latin fusion band Yerba Buena was founded along with Cuban-American singer Cucu Diamantes. Levin has been called the "master-chef of urban fusion" by the Los Angeles Times.
    • Birthplace: Venezuela, Caracas
  • Cheo Hurtado (born May 2, 1960) is a Venezuelan musician, one of the most celebrated virtuoso performers of the cuatro, whose extremely agile strumming technique is currently believed to be unsurpassed. He also plays mandolin, bandola and guitar. Cheo Hurtado was born in Ciudad Bolívar, Bolívar state, Venezuela, the son of the guitarist and composer Ramón Hurtado. He was christened Asdrúbal, but the nickname "Cheo" took hold firmly since early childhood. Besides his native Venezuela, Hurtado has performed in Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Bonaire, Aruba, Curaçao, Martinique, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, France, Spain, England, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland. Between October and November 2005, Hurtado staged 21 concerts in Japan and Taiwan, showcasing the best of Venezuelan traditional music featuring the cuatro. To date, he has recorded on at least 20 albums.
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela
  • Eduardo Valentín Serrano Torres (Caracas, February 14, 1911 - Caracas, October 13, 2008), was a Venezuelan popular musician, conductor and composer. He composed many important Venezuelan merengue; one of his most important works was the song Barlovento. He won the National Music Prize in 1988. He died on October 13, 2008, at the age of 97.
    • Age: Dec. at 97 (1911-2008)
    • Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ramírez (born 26 January 1981) is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist. He is the music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Venezuela, Barquisimeto
  • Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera (August 23, 1913 - October 22, 1993) was a Venezuelan musician, composer and writer. Director of several orchestras and the founder of The National Typical Orchestra, he was also for twenty years the director of the National Institute of Folklore. He founded the International Foundation of Ethnomusicology and Folklore (now Centro de La Diversidad Cultural) in 1988 and donated the bulk of his estate to it when he died. He authored more than 20 works of Venezuelan folklore.
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1913-1993)
    • Birthplace: San Cristóbal, Venezuela
  • Ramon Moncho Carranza Lazo (born c. 1940 in Barquisimeto — c. 2003) was a Venezuelan self-taught jazz saxophonist and composer.
    • Age: 82