Edward Mollenhauer (1827–1914)
Edward Mollenhauer was a highly skilled composer and violinist who made a significant impact on the classical music scene in both Europe and the United States. Born in Erfurt, Prussia, Mollenhauer studied under some of the most renowned musicians of the time, including Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst and Louis Spohr. By the time he was in his early twenties, Mollenhauer had gained fame in both Germany and Saint Petersburg.
In order to avoid conscription, Mollenhauer moved to England and joined the renowned musician Jullien, eventually traveling with him to New York City in 1853. In America, Mollenhauer became a pioneer in the Conservatory method of teaching the violin, which is still widely used today. He was also an accomplished composer, with his quartets being some of his best-known works. In addition to his quartets, Mollenhauer also composed several operas, including The Corsican Bride, Love among the Breakers, and The Masked Ball.
Mollenhauer's musical talents extended beyond composing and performing. He also served as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for six years and created two pieces for violin and piano accompaniment, "The Boy Paganini" and "The Infant Paganini," which are still popular worldwide. Overall, Edward Mollenhauer was a highly talented musician who contributed significantly to the classical music world.