(b Manila, 1907; d Manila, 1979). Sp. composer, conductor, and pianist. Won first prize as pianist at 14 at Madrid Cons. From 1926 to 1929 was in Eng. where he influenced development of jazz, particularly by his arrangements for a band at the Savoy Hotel 1927–9. Cond., Manila SO, 1930. President, Manila Broadcasting Co., 1948. Comps. incl. vn. conc. (1943); pf. conc. (1947); opera Paul Gauguin (1948); Music for 15 soloists, etc.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.