Catalina Berroa

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Catalina Berroa Ojea (28 February 1849 – 23 November 1911) was a Cuban pianist, music teacher and composer.

Life and career[edit]

Catalina Berroa was born in Trinidad, Las Villas, and studied with local teachers to master several instruments. She operated a music academy in Trinidad where she taught students including her nephew, pianist and composer Lico Jimenez.[1] She also worked as organist in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and as organist and choir conductor of the Holy Trinity Church.[2]

Berroa played cello in a trio with Manuel Jimenez on violin and Ana Luisa Vivanco on piano. She also performed as violinist of the Brunet Theater orchestra.[3]


Berroa composed songs, guarachas, hymns and liturgical and sacred music.[4] Selected works include:

  • Song The Trinity, 1867
  • Song, Song of Belisa and Josefa, 1902
  • Condemned, The Talisman, Consciousness, The appeal, Rosa Gentile, all voice and guitar
  • Guaracha Cerro De La Habana, cat's dinner
  • Conchita March
  • May Flowers Church Music, for horn and piano
  • The Virgin of Cuba, for chorus
  • Osalutaris, for voice and organ
  • Save for two voices, for voice and organ
  • Cecilia Waltz for piano and band
  • The black Michael and Flowers, for piano[1]

Her music has been recorded and issued on media, including:

  • Vocal Recital: Provedo, Lucy - PALAU, R.L./SANCHEZ, J.P./DE BLANCK, H./ANCKERMANN, C./AGUERO, G./JIMENEZ, J.M. (La Perla) Colibri CD-091


  1. ^ a b "Catalina Berroa Ojea". Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  2. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  3. ^ Orovio, Helio (2004). Cuban music from A to Z.
  4. ^ "Catalina Berroa". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.