A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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Alberto Guerrero

Alberto de Garcia y Guerrero was born in La Serena, Chile in 1886. He was a celebrated concert pianist as well as the conductor of Santiago’s first symphony orchestra.

During a whirlwind honeymoon trip that took him and his wife to New York, he met Boris Hambourg, who invited him to teach music at his conservatory in Toronto. In 1919, Guerrero, his wife and their two-year-old daughter moved to Canada.

Guerrero left the Hambourg Conservatory after a few years and joined the Toronto Conservatory of Music which later became the Royal Conservatory. He quickly established himself as the foremost music teacher in Canada, teaching many highly talented musicians, including, most notably, internationally acclaimed pianist Glenn Gould.

Although Guerrero had been a highly successful concert pianist himself, it was as Glenn Gould’s music teacher that he gained international recognition. Guerrero brought the highly cultured music scene of his native Chile to Canada, and profoundly impacted the lives and careers of a couple of generations of Canada’s greatest musicians.

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