De Blanck Martín, Olga
- Alicia Valdés Cantero
(b Havana, March 11, 1916). Cuban music educationist and composer. She graduated in piano and music theory from the Hubert de Blanck Conservatory, Havana (founded by her father), took private lessons with Amadeo Roldán and Pedro San Juan, and also studied with Brazilian composer Burle Marx while living in New York (1935–8) and with Julián Carrillo and Jiménez Mabarak in Mexico (1943–4). She was appointed deputy director of the Hubert de Blanck Conservatory in 1945 and director in 1955. Together with Gisela Hernández she developed a new system of music education and brought about profound changes in music teaching in Cuba; she also set up the educational and academic publishing firm Ediciones de Blanck, produced many musical editions, including works by contemporary Cuban composers, and helped establish the Museo de la Música in Havana. Her musical comedy Vivimos hoy was first performed in 1943...