BIOGRAPHY

1899
Born June 13 in Calle Real de Popotla 2, in Mexico City. His father, Agustín Chávez, was a descendant of the illustrious leader José María Chávez, while his mother was the daughter of D. Manuel Ramírez Aparicio.
Was the youngest of six siblings: Néstora, Manuel Agustín, Estefanía, Isabel, Eduardo José and Carlos Antonio. Learned since his early childhood about Mexico’s autochthonous music during his frequent stays in Tlaxcala, where popular musical manifestations embraced purely indigenous characteristics.


1909
Studies piano with Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948) until 1913 when Ponce leaves Mexico City to go live in Havana.


1915
Continues his studies with Pedro Luis Ogazón (1973-1929), Mexican pianist, and Joseph Hofmann’s disciple.
Ogazón was a very well rounded musician. At his home in San Angel he organized weekly concerts in which he himself played the entire piano works of the great masters. His influence on Chávez was decisive.


1917
For a year he studies harmony with Juan B. Fuentes and goes on to complete his musical education (harmony, counterpoint, fugue and composition) on his own, analyzing the works of the great masters, from Bach to Schoenberg, as well as the indigenous and mestizo music of his own country.


1921
Presents his first public concert with a program of his compositions; among them are his Sexteto para piano and strings, and works for piano, and for song and