Albeniz, Pedro


Spanish organist and teacher. He was born at Logrono, Spain, was the son of a musician and died at Madrid. When only ten years old he became an organist, and played in various towns in Spain. After a period of study abroad under Henri Herz and Kalkbrenner, Albeniz returned to his native country. In Logrono he succeeded his father as organist of the Church of Santa Maria, and on a visit to Madrid was honored with royal favor. He was appointed professor of the piano at the newly instituted Madrid Conservatory, and organist of the Royal Chapel. Later he became maestro to the Infanta and the Queen, and was presented with several decorations. Of special interest is the fact that he introduced into his country modern methods of piano-playing, the most eminent pianists of Spain and South America having studied under him. His Methode de Piano was adopted by the Conservatory of Madrid. He is the author of songs and about seventy pieces for the piano.