Born in Cuba. Composer, teacher, pianist, and singer. He studied composition in Spain under Botessini and Balart and later in Paris, under David and Maiden. His masters in piano were Biscani and Jovell in Spain, and Marmontel in Paris. He studied singing with Selva, Roger and Delle Sedie. Received the degree of LL.D. from the University of Madrid, in 1865. He began his work as a teacher, in Barcelona in 1865, taught in Cuba from 1866 to 1868 and, since 1868, he has lived in New York, conducting and teaching. He has conducted the Gounod Society of New Haven, Conn., since 1886, and has conducted many other well-known choral societies. Is the author of many songs and sacred compositions and of a Stabat Mater in manuscript and has also delivered musical lectures.