Together with his family, he founded among the initial all-black ensembles Das Negertrio. He was popular in European countries than in his indigenous property. He was students on the Leipzig Conservatory under Carl Reinecke and Ignaz Moscheles. He became the very first Cuban composer who caused the Lied type. His dad was violinist Jose Julian Jiménez, who, together with his aunt musician-composer Catalina Berroa, trained the youngster music as a kid. He and Franz Liszt became close friends while he was mixed up in Weimar court.