The Latin Recording Academy paid tribute to late Venezuelan musician maestro, economist and politician Jose Antonio Abreu, who passed away Saturday, saying he will “be echoed in future generations compromised with keeping his teachings alive.”
“We recognize [Abreu's] celebrated career and legacy,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr. President and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy. Abaroa Jr. paid his tributes to Abreu, remembering he was awarded with the Latin Recording Academy's Prize of the Directive Council in 2009 for his outstanding career.
The Latin Recording Academy is a Miami-based association of Latin musicians, promoters, recording engineers and other professionals involved in the music industry, with the aim of promoting Latin music around the globe. the group is best known for hosting the Latin Grammy Awards.
Abreu is an internationally recognized musician and one of Venezuela's cultural icons. He created “El Sistema” (The System) 40 years ago in a garage with just nine other musicians as “a social project to apply music to the development of man and nation because it aspires to get the whole country to participate in it.”
To Abaroa Jr., Abreu's efforts “had a positive impact on more than two million young Venezuelan musicians,” and brought them closer “to music with the intention of improving society and intellect through the Venezuelan Youth Symphonic Orchestra.”
“A cultural and musical icon in Latin America,” maestro Abreu “will live in the hearts of all those young people he inspired,” said Abaroa Jr.
Abreu also participated in the “Music Mission,” a social program created during Hugo Chavez government with the aim of bringing music instruments and education to children from low-income families.
He passed away in Caracas on March 24, 2018, at 79 years of age.