Prensa Latina announced today that two important figures in Cuban music—musicologist and researcher Jesús Gómez Cairo and trumpet player Marcos Antonio Urbay Serafín—received the National Music Award 2018 for their lifetime achievements.
They were awarded the prize at the San Francisco de Asís Square in the historical center of Havana, where the National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Joaquin Betancourt, gave an open-air concert.
The article states that Gómez Cairo, one of the most renowned music researchers of the island, has also taught and delivered lectures at prestigious universities in several countries. He has been director of the National Museum of Music since 1997. Urbay Serafín played in some of the most popular Cuban music groups, including the Riverside, Tropicana Night Club, and the National Symphony Orchestra, of which he was a founding member.