Alberto Ginastera occupied a leading position in the musical world of Argentina, where he exercised a strong influence over a younger generation of composers.
He founded the centre for Advanced Musical Studies in Buenos Aires and became its director in 1963.
He later spent much time in Europe, settling in Geneva.
His early music drew on native gaucho and Indian music, and even though he subsequently embraced modernist techniques his music retained its exuberance and rhythmic excitement.
He composed three operas that aroused controversy for their sexuality and violence, ballet scores, concertos for violin, harp, cello and piano, and a considerable amount of vocal and chamber music.