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Sergio Barer

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Sergio Barer


Sergio Barer (b. Mexico) is a Mexican composer and pianist living in the United States.

Mr. Barer started to learn the piano when he was six. His mother was an amateur pianist, and she was his first exposure to the instrument. His first teachers of note were Marcia Freyre and Marcia Freyre de Andrade, two exiled Cuban pianists. He won a silver medal as a teen in the Estudio Internacional de Arte, but it was after hearing Mario Feninger play The Pathetique Sonata of Beethoven and the Minute Waltz of Chopin that he decided to become a concert pianist.

In 1981 he moved to Los Angeles to study with Mario and his partner, Ian Brooks. He spent four years working with them until he started appearing in concert in Mexico City. From 1985 to 1988 he appeared in recital in different venues and also appeared on TV repeatedly in a TV show called Estudio 54. However, in 1988, he injured his left hand.

Barer started to compose in 1995. The idea was to help his piano career with his own pieces, to give himself a chance to stand out among other pianists by playing his own works. But he also decided to try and develop a musical style of his own and to see how far he could take this new ability before bringing his music to the public. His efforts went in several directions. After the first etudes he decided to write pieces inspired by ideas he wanted to express. He created about five suites and sonatas on different subjects, adding a short poem before each piece. He wrote about the media, about emotions, about the environment, about society in general, about children.

Mr. Barer is involved in several projects [2020], including an oratorio. The Nightmare and the Dream.

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