Jonas, Alberto


Pianist and composer; since 1900 president of the University of Michigan Music School, where he became director of the piano department in 1894. Born at Madrid of German parents, he studied under Olave and others privately, and was in Gevaert's class at the Royal College of Music in Brussels, taking first prize in pianoplaying and second in harmony. Made his debut in 1880 at Brussels and toured Belgium, Germany, Russia, England, Holland, France, Mexico, Cuba and Canada, and was in the United States from 1893 to 1899. In 1890 he studied under Rubinstein at the Conservatory in St. Petersburg. First appeared in New York with Walter Damrosch's Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 1893, and afterwards gave recitals in that city. Also played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in other cities. In 1899 he married Miss Elsa von Grave, at Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is an honorary member of the Red Cross Society of Belgium; member of the Cercle des Arts et de la Presse, Brussels. He has written Northern Dances, containing a valse in C minor; fantasie pieces, a toccata among them; romances; and a capriccio. He translated into Spanish Gevaert's work on instrumentation and wrote an article on rhythm for the New York Musical World.