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José Julián Jiménez
Violinist and Composer

José Julián Jiménez

José Julián Jiménez
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Intro Violinist and Composer
Is Musician Composer
From United States of America Cuba
Field Music
Gender male
Birth 9 January 1823
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Biography

José Julián Jiménez (born 9 January 1823, died 1880) was a Cuban violinist and composer.

Early years

José Julián Jiménez was born in Trinidad, Las Villas, Cuba, the son of orchestra conductor Francisco Nicasio Jiménez. He studied with Luigi Arditi in Havana, and continued his studies in harmony, violin and piano in Leipzig.

Career

Jiménez was born into a musical family and was brother-in-law to composer Catalina Berroa and father of cellist Nicasio and pianist Lico Jiménez. His daughters Inés and Arcadia Jiménez were singers.

Jiménez played violin in the Gewandhause Orchestra. With his sons, he formed one of the first all black ensembles, billed as "Das Negertrio", and successfully toured in Europe, the Americas and in Cuba, both as a soloist and with the ensemble, playing mostly 19th-century Romantic compositions. He founded a Cuban dance band in 1849, and composed primarily danzas and guarachas. He died in Havana.

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