Born in the heart of a family with a great musical tradition, between 1840 and 1844 he studies piano and composition with Ignaz Moscheles in London where he publishes his first pieces. From 1844 he often participates in the Madrid musical escene. In 1878 he starts the task of writing the opera Ines e Bianca destined for the Parisian public. Adverse circumstances made its debút impossible. This failure would produce in him an adverse reaction, withdrawing to his home in the last years of his life, where he wrote and revised his last works.