Nicasio Jiménez

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Nicasio Jiménez (b. 12 March 1849,[1] d. 1891) was a Cuban violin-cellist. He was the son of violinist Jose Julian Jiménez and brother of pianist and composer Lico Jiménez. His sisters Inés and Arcadia Jiménez were singers. His grandfather Francisco Nicasio Jiménez was an orchestra and band leader.[2]


Nicasio Gregorio Jiménez was born in Trinidad, Cuba, Las Villas province. Jiménez studied music as a child with his father and traveled to Germany with his father and brother in 1867[3] to study music at the Leipzig Conservatory. He became noted as a cellist and took a position as Professor of Violincello at the Conservatory of Tours.[4]

With his father and brother, Nicasio formed one of the first all black ensembles, billed as "Das Negertrio",[5] and successfully toured in Europe, the Americas and in Cuba as a soloist and with the ensemble, playing mostly 19th-century Romantic compositions.[6]


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  3. ^ "José Manuel Berroa". Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Ramírez, Serafín. La Habana artística: Apuntes históricos. 
  5. ^ Hamilton, Ruth Simms (2007). Routes of passage: rethinking the African diaspora: Volume 1, Part 1. 
  6. ^ Wright, Josephine (1981). Das Negertrio Jimenez in Europe. The Black Perspective in Music, Foundation for Research in the Afro-American Creative Arts. JSTOR 1214195.