Wolfgang Schneiderhan

Violinist, Musical Artist

1915 – 2002

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Who was Wolfgang Schneiderhan?

Wolfgang Eduard Schneiderhan was an Austrian classical violinist.

Schneiderhan was born in Vienna. After briefly studying with Otakar Ševčík in Pisek, he studied with Julius Winkler in Vienna. At age 10 he publicly performed Bach's Chaconne in D minor. The next year he made his debut in Copenhagen playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. He lived in England for some time from 1929, where he appeared in concerts with artists such as Maria Jeritza, Feodor Chaliapin, Jan Kiepura and Paul Robeson.

He returned to Vienna to become the first Concertmaster of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra from 1933 to 1937, and from 1937 to 1951 led the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He nevertheless maintained his career as a soloist in concerts and recordings.

He became a member of the Nazi Party in 1940.

He was the soloist in the Viennese premiere of Elgar's Violin Concerto in 1947.

He formed a string quartet. After Georg Kulenkampff's death in 1948, he replaced Kulenkampff in a famous piano trio with Edwin Fischer and Enrico Mainardi.

In September 1952 he made his benchmark Deutsche Grammophon recordings of all ten Beethoven violin sonatas with Wilhelm Kempff in the Konzerthaus, Mozartsaal, Vienna.

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Born
May 28, 1915
Vienna
Also known as
  • Schneiderhan, Wolfgang
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Children
Nationality
  • Austria
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Lived in
  • Vienna
Died
May 18, 2002
Vienna

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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