Composer and conductor Alberto GRAU, born in 1937, occupies a place of honor among the best contemporary musicians of Venezuela. Known for his career as a choral conductor, he has become one of the most important composers of Latin American choral music. Many works have been published by major publishing houses in the United States, England, Venezuela and France. Alberto GRAU studied with the most important Venezuelan masters and won numerous awards for his choral works. Founder of the Schola Cantorum of Venezuela, with which he won in Italy the first prize of the contest "Guido D'Arezzo" in 1974, and the Orfeón Universitario "Simón Bolívar", he was, for more than 30 years, Professor of choral conducting in important institutions: the University Institute of Musical Studies and the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas. He was vice-president of the International Federation for Choral Music between 1982 and 1996. Currently, he is dedicated to the projects Construir Cantando (building by singing), Social Action for Music and Andean Voices in chorus, which are projects of a great educational impact on thousands of children in Latin America.