Biography of Blas Emilio Atehortúa (1933-VVVV)

Musician and Colombian composer, born October 5, 1933 in Medellin. He/She began his musical studies with private teachers and then entered the Academy of fine arts of Medellin, to continue them later at the National Conservatory of Santafe de Bogota. In 1963, thanks to a scholarship that won, he/she had the opportunity to travel to Buenos Aires, to study at the Centro Latinoamericano of high studies music of the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella. He/She returned to his native homeland in 1968 where he/she dedicated himself to teaching, sponsored by the Organization of American States (OAS). He/She has held various positions, such as the Secretary of the Center for folklore studies and Music Conservatory, the direction of the Conservatory of Popayán (1970), the University of Antioquia (1972) and the national Santa Fe of Bogotá (1973).

Currently, his academic work ranges from the tests carried out at the Institute of fine arts to educational conferences, conducted in Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and Europe. Blas Emilio is considered the "father of the academic music".Their music is characterized by being beyond the concept of Colombian, since it manages to bring together elements of contemporary music giving it a bit of post-romantic inspiration and above all, the national stamp. Some of his compositions are Partita (instrumental piece for the opening of the metropolitan railway), Cristoforo Colombo, tribute to Girolamo Frescobaldi and song for Orlando, among others.