Celso Garrido-Lecca was born in Piura, Perú in 1926. Studied composition with professor Rodolfo Holzmann in the National Conservatory of Lima. In 1950, he traveled to Santiago, Chile to master his musical studies. Four years later he became the musical adviser and composer of the Institute of the Theater at the University of Chile. He stayed there for ten years and during that time he wrote music for the various theater plays. Between 1965 and 1973 he was Chairman of the Department of Composition in the Faculty of Science and Musical Arts at the same University Garrido-Lecca had the opportunity to work with Aaron Copland in 1964 in Tanglewood. Upon his return to Peru in 1973, he became Professor of Composition of the National Conservatory of Lima and soon after, he was appointed Director of this institution until 1979.
The musical production of Garrido-Lecca includes chamber and symphonic works, which have been performed in numerous concerts and festivals in America, Europe and Japan. Among his most renowned works are *Intihuatana* for string quartet, *Antaras* for double string quartet and double bass, *Laudes* I and II, both for orchestra, *Elegía a Machu Picchu* (played by the New York Philarmonic in 1967) and a multi-media work *El Movimiento y el Sueño* for double choir, two narrators and orchestra among others. In both 1963 and 1968 he received national awards acclaiming his cultural activities, in 1957 he received the first prize with his *Divertimento* and in the year of 1985 for his *Trio para un Nuevo Tiempo* from the Philarmonic Society of Lima. He has also received several prizes at the bi-annual Music Festival of Chile. In 1981 and 1983 he won the first prize for symphonic compositions with *Retablos Sinfónicos*, from Patronato Popular y Porvenir. He has been awarded the International Institute of Education scholarship in 1961 and the Guggenheim Foundation scholarship in 1963. Mr. Garrido-Lecca has distinctions from the Spanish and the Chile Governments.
In 2000 he was awarded the 'Tomás Luis de Victoria' prize for the best Iberian-American composer. This prize was given by SGAE Author Foundation from Spain.