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Franz Kneisel

Born: Jan 26, 1865

Death: Mar 26, 1926

Birthplace: Bucharest

Nationality: United States

Franz Kneisel

Date of Birth : Jan 26, 1865
Date of Death : Mar 26, 1926
Birth Place : Bucharest

Franz Kneisel was an American violinist and teacher of Romanian birth. Born in Bucharest, the son of a German bandmaster, he learned to play the flute, clarinet and trumpet as well as the violin. After graduating from the Bucharest Conservatory in 1879 he went to Vienna, where he continued his studies with Jakob Grun and Joseph Hellmesberger until 1882; he made his solo debut in Vienna at the end of that year. The next season he became concertmaster at the Hoftheater, and in 1884 went to Berlin to fill the same position in the Bilsesche Kapelle. In October 1885, though barely 20 years old, he was engaged by conductor Wilhelm Gericke as concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For the next 20 years he was concertmaster and assistant conductor, appearing as soloist in many violin concertos and giving the first American performances of the concertos by Brahms and Carl Goldmark, as well as the premiere of the First Violin Concerto of Gustav Strube. As assistant conductor, he led the BSO in its performances at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Shortly after his arrival in Boston, he formed and led the Kneisel Quartet with other BSO string players.

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