Altès, Ernest-Eugène, French violinist, conductor, and composer, brother of Joseph-Henri Altès; b. Paris, March 28, 1830; d. St.-Dyé, near Blois, July 8, 1899. He studied with Habeneck at the Paris Cons., where he won the premier prix for violin in 1848. In 1871 he joined the staff of the Paris Opéra as conductor, retiring in 1887. He composed a Sym., chamber music, and an orch. Divertissement on ballet airs by Auber on the occasion of Auber’s centennial (1882).
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