On hearing the sad news of the passing of José Abreu, founder of El Sistema, Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, who had worked closely with José Abreu, noted: "It is impossible to overestimate the extraordinary achievements of José Abreu who, by drawing on the power of music, saved many children from lives of poverty and crime".

José Abreu was born in Valera, Venezuela on 7 May 1938, and he died on 24 March 2018 at the age of 78.

 

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