Ernst Eugene Altes

Ernst Eugene Altes was born in 1830 and died in 1899.

French violinist and conductor.

He was born at Paris, where his father was a soldier.

He early learned to play the violin and fife, when only 12, wrote music that gained him entrance to the Conservatory. Here he won various prizes, and studied the violin under Habeneck, and harmony and composition with Bazin and Carafa.

In 1845, he became a member of the opera band, in 1871, was appointed deputy conductor of the opera, and from 1879 1887 held the post of conductor.

Among his compositions are a string quartet, a sonata for piano and violin, and a symphony.

In 1881 he received the decoration of the Legion of Honor.