José Silvestre White Lafitte also known as Joseph, was a Cuban violinist and composer. His father Don Carlos White was Spanish and his mother was Afro-Cuban. After receiving his early musical training from his father, who was an amateur violinist, José White gave his first concert in Matanzas on 21 March 1854. He was accompanied by the visiting American pianist-composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk, "who encouraged him to pursue further violin studies in Paris and raised money for him to travel there". José White studied at the Paris Conservatory between the years 1855 and 1871 and was highly praised by Rossini.