Sojo, Vicente Emilio (1887–1974) By Ojeda Tovar, Roberto Elias
Vicente Emilio Sojo was born in Guatire, Miranda State, Venezuela on 8 December 1887, a son of Francisco Reverón and Luisa Sojo. He was a self-taught composer, conductor, choirmaster, and pedagogue, and arguably the most influential figure of the first half of the Venezuelan twentieth century. In 1896, he undertook his first music studies with Henrique León (1854–1895) and Régulo Rico (1878–1960). While studying and performing, Sojo also worked as a tobacco producer and house painter due to difficult economic conditions.
In 1906 he relocated to Caracas, and in 1909 he auditioned for the School of Music and Declamation (today José Angel Lamas Music School) where he studied solfège, music theory, harmony, composition, and violoncello with Ignacio Bustamante (?–1921), Andrés Delgado Pardo (1870–1940) and Eduardo Richter (1874–1912), respectively. In the meantime, he acted as Choirmaster for the San Francisco Chapel and the Caracas Cathedral. In 1921 he started his teaching activities at the School of Music and Declamation, where he was later appointed as Headmaster in 1936 and held his position until 1964. On 23 March 1926 he was married to Efigenia Montero, until her early death in 1932.