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POLLITZER, ADOLPH:

Violinist; born at Budapest July 23, 1832; died in London Nov. 14, 1900. In 1842 he left Budapest for Vienna, where he studied the violin under Böhm; and in his fourteenth year he took the first prize at the Vienna Conservatorium. After a concert tour in Germany, he went to Paris and studied under Alard. In 1850 he crossed the Channel, and in London his remarkable talents as a violinist were speedily recognized. He became leader at Her Majesty's Theatre underSir Michael Costa and also led the new Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Choral Society.

Pollitzer stood preeminent in his day as an interpreter of classic chamber-music, his playing attaining to what may be called "the great style." As a teacher of his instrument he was regarded as the most eminent of his time in England, and many pupils who attained distinction had studied under him. In 1861, on the establishment of the London Academy of Music, he was appointed professor of the violin. This post he held till 1870, in which year he succeeded Dr. Wylde as principal of the Academy, and retained this position until his death.

Bibliography:
  • Jew. Chron. Nov. 23, 1900.
J. G. L.
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