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Britos, Federico (Federico Juan Sebastian Britos Ruiz)

Britos, Federico [Federico Juan Sebastian Britos Ruiz], violin; b.  Montevideo, Uruguay, 1 March 1939. He grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay. His father, Alberto Britos Serrat, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on January 14, 1915. He died on October 27, 1999. He was a violinist, lawyer and journalist. His mother, Rosa Paz Ruiz, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on November 13, 1919. She died May 16, 2001. His siblings are Luis Alberto Britos, born in Montevideo, Uruguay; Maria Esther Britos, born in Montevideo, Uruguay; Ricardo Garcia, born in Montevideo, Uruguay; and Beatriz Garcia, born in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Britos has studied with Alberto Britos (7 years); Vicente Boronat (six years); Adolfo Bornstein (10 years); Enrique Casal Chapi (4 years); Conservatory Franz Schubert (10 years); Igor Frolov (3 years); Radoswet Bodyachiev (3 years); Mateo Bianco (4 years); David Oistraj (3 months); Jorge Risi (two months); Manuel Duchesne (1 year); and Luis Pasquet (4 years).

Federico began playing violin at age five.  Serving as principal chair, soloist, and ultimately Concertmaster with some of the great symphony orchestras of Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru and Cuba, Federico has toured extensively throughout the Americas and Europe.

As a composer, Federico has written and recorded many works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, ballet and dance.  He has also composed music for film, TV and theater.  He is currently Concertmaster of the Miami Symphony Orchestra. Federico would, in time, not only perform with some of Latin America's greatest musicians, such as, Astor Piazzolla, Joao Gilberto, Vinicio de Moraes, Dorival Caymi and Cachao, but would have the opportunity to play with Arvell Shaw, Keeter Betts, Bucky Pizzarelli, Michael Moore, Ken Peplowski, Charlie Haden, Chuck Redd and Charlie Byrd.  He has toured Europe with Frank Vignola and the Hot Club USA.

Federico's admiration of Grappelli is made everlasting in his own composition for symphony orchestra and jazz quintet.  His Suite Grappelliana has premiered in 1989 with the Montevideo Symphony Orchestra.  His outstanding performance in The Grappelli Legacy on December 1998 at Carnegie Hall evidenced the depth of this inspiration. Currently, he forms part of the orchestra of Cachao, with whom he has recorded.  He has also recorded and toured with Charlie Haden.  Recently, he performed with Bebo Valdes, piano, at the Gusman Hall in Miami. Also recorded with him a CD under the record label Calle 54 Records, piano and violin only
His spouse is Vivian Michelena. His children are Selene Britos (October 31, 1959), Federico A. Britos (September 5, 1967) and Gustavo A. Britos (May 27, 1970)

Recordings:
Los Cinco Satelites (1957) (1960); Los Federicos (1964) (1965); Los Amigos (1966); Federico y su Grupo Latino (1983) (1986); Conexion Jazz (1987); Blues Concerto (1988); Jazz in Black & White (1989); Django Lives (1997); The First Danzon (2001); Candombe and Jazz (2002).

As sideperson:
Astor Piazzolla: Lo que Vendra (1959); Panchito Nole (1956, 1957, 1959); Puglia Pedrosa (1957); Donato Racciatti (1956, 1957); Romeo Gavioli (1955); Antonio Cervino (1956); Garabito (1960); Gonzalo Roig (1963); Maria Remola (1963); Armando Pico (1963); Calzadilla (1964); Felix Guerrero (1963); Jose LeMatt (1964); Orquesta Aragon (1965); Rafael Somavilla (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968); Elena Bourke (1965, 1966); Jose Antonio Mendez (1963, 1964); Chucho Valdes (1963, 1964, 1965); Los Papines (1967); Alba Marina (1966); Roberto Sanchez Ferrer (1965); Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Cuba (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970); Bola de Nieve (1966); Israel Lopez (Cachao)  Cuba Linda (1998); Juan Luis Guerra (1998); Grupo Niche (2002); Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo (1980,1981,1982,1983,1984); Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas (1988); Orquesta Sinfonica de Lima, Peru (1974,1975,1976); Luis Madueno (1976); Tania Libertad (1975); Ruth Cameron (1998); Charlie Haden:   Nocturne (2000)   Ken Peplowski & Bucky Pizarelli:   Menus and Music (1999, 2000); Hatiando II (2000); Haitiando III (2001); Troubadours (2002); Hansel and Raul (1998, 2000)

Films and documentaries:
Americanos with Edward G. Olmos; Cuban Jam Session with Nat Chediak; Hot Club USA with Frank Vignola and Jimmy Rosenberg; La Vida de Cachao; Bebo Valdes and Federico Britos; Luis Miguel; Rocio Durcal.

Television broadcasts:
(USA) Don Francisco (Univision); Con Fernando a las Siete (TeleMiami); Mikimbin (TeleMiami); Luna Verde (Tele Miami); Despierta America (Univision); De MaOanita (Telemundo); El Escandalo del Mediodia (Univision); Channel 4 iEl Show del Mediodia (Channel 4); Classical Music; Channel 10 (Show of Stars).

Radio broadcasts:
Alvarez Guedes (92.3); Fusion Latina (88.9); Radio Unica; Radio Caracol; Radio  Marti; Clasica 92.3; Radio Carve; Radio El Espectador; Radio Montecarlo; Radio Oficial del Uruguay; BBC Canada; CBS; Radio Nacional de Espana; Radio Nacional de Francia; Radio Nacional de Monaco; En Clave de Jazz Radio Oro 92.5 FM Puerto Rico; Oye como Va Catolica Radio 88.9 FM Puerto Rico; Radio Nacional de Cuba

Bibliography:
Uruguay (newspapers):
El Pais, El Diario, El Dia, El Observador, La Republica Venezuela   El Universal, El Nacional, Diario de Caracas, Panorama, Critica Colombia   El Espectador Peru   Universal, El Comercio, Ultimas Noticias Argentina   Clarin, La Razon, Francia   Le Monde
USA:   Miami Herald, New Times, Sun Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post
Books:
Luc Delannoy   Caliente Una Historia del Jazz Latino
Nat Chediak   Diccionario de Jazz Latino
Mirta Amarilla   La Musica en el Uruguay
SUDEI   Guia de Artistas e Interpretes Nacionales

Contact information:
fbritos@bellsouth.net
Phone and fax: 305-274-9963

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