Ardévol (Gimbernat), José
- Victoria Eli Rodríguez
(b Barcelona, March 13, 1911; d Havana, Jan 9, 1981). Cuban composer and conductor of Spanish origin. He studied the piano, conducting and composition with his father, and when only 12 he composed the Sonatina and Capricho for piano. He graduated from the Instituto Musical de Barcelona in 1929, and the following year studied orchestral conducting with Scherchen in Paris. In 1930 he completed the degree in humanities at Barcelona University, and formed the Beethoven Trio, which was short-lived as he moved to Havana the same year. In Cuba he became the friend and colleague of Amadeo Roldán and Alejandro García Caturla, and quickly involved himself in musical life. He founded and conducted the Orquesta de Cámara de La Habana (1934–52) with whom he performed a wide range of music, from 17th- and 18th-century works to contemporary compositions, including a number by Cuban composers. He was musical director of the Ballet de la Sociedad Pro-Arte Musical (...