- Mark E. Perry
(b Canóvanas, PR, Feb 15, 1954). Puerto Rican composer, pianist, and poet. He attended the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (BM 1976) under Héctor Campos Parsi and the New England Conservatory of Music (MM 1980) with William Thomas McKinley. He received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Fundación Latinoamericano para la Música Contemporánea, and Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. His orchestral works have received performances by the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia. He participates widely in congresses throughout Latin America. As a pianist, he exhibits an astute expertise as an improviser. In 1988, he began teaching composition and orchestration at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
Fuentes incorporates elements of Latin jazz and art music in many of his compositions. Deriving from his research, he also explores the significance of the physical-mathematical properties of music. Improvisaciones for piano (1977) evokes the improvisation encountered in the ...