Viñes, Ricardo, Spanish pianist; b. Lérida, Feb. 5, 1875; d. Barcelona, April 29, 1943. He studied in Barcelona with Juan Pujol, then settled in Paris in 1887, where he studied piano with Beriot (premier prix, 1894), composition with Godard, and harmony with Lavignac at the Cons. In 1895 he gave his first concert in Paris. He established himself in later years as an ardent propagandist of new French and Spanish music; he possessed particular affinity with the composers of the modern French school, and performed their works in a colorful and imaginative manner. He gave concerts in London, Berlin, and other music centers, but lived most of his life in Paris. He contributed articles on Spanish music to publications in France and Spain.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire