Théophile Ysaÿe was a Belgian composer and pianist, born inVerviers, Belgium. His brother was the violinist and conductor Eugène Ysaÿe. Rather overshadowed throughout his life by the career of his elder brother Eugène, Théo Ysaÿe began amateur studies in music at the Liège Conservatory and, on Eugène's advice, furthered his education in Berlin. In 1885, Ysaÿe returned toParis, where he joined the Bande à Franck but also supported the growth of a new aesthetic movement represented by theimpressionism of Claude Debussy. Ysaÿe helped promote the work of the new school of French musicians, in Brussels. In 1894, he and his brother found engagements with the La Libre Esthétique in Brussels, which offered the residents of the city the opportunity to experience a generous range of displays in bothmusic and the plastic arts. Ysaÿe contributed his talents as a pianist and a répétiteur.