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Rocha, Erundina (d. 1993) | University of Miami Finding Aids

Name: Rocha, Erundina (d. 1993)

Historical Note:

Erundina Rocha was a Cuban pianist and composer.  She was educated in Havana, most notably at the Conservatorio González-Redin.  Rocha worked with Gonzalo Roig at the Orquestra Sinfónica de La Habana and Ernesto Lecuona on his radio program “Islas,” beginning in 1945.

She married the painter Raúl Gómez del Río in 1957. They left Cuba for Miami in 1961 and moved to Puerto Rico in 1964.  Rocha participated in many groups, unions, and institutions, notably the Unión de Cubanos en el Exilio (UCE) and the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.

She was actively engaged in maintaining Cuba’s cultural identity in exile and spreading Cuban music, especially that of Ernesto Lecuona.  Rocha received awards and diplomas for her efforts from several organizations. She died in Puerto Rico on September 22, 1993.

Note Author: Nathan Watson

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