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Juan Vicente Torrealba

Juan Vicente Torrealba Perez in Caracas, Venezuela, is a Venezuelan harpist and composer of popular music.

Although born on the outskirts of Caracas, the family moved while he was very young to a ranch in Camaguan, Guarico. The poverty of the family and the region were such that he worked as a sharecropper, and did not complete his primary education. Restless, he took up the guitar, and by the age of 18 was giving public recitals, his style showing a strong Cuban influence. Feeling that he would never reach the standard to which he aspired, particularly after hearing Rodrigo Riera, ...

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