Austrian violinist: born at Vienna Feb. 21, 1839. He studied at the Vienna Conservatorium under Jansa, Hellmesberger, Böhm (violin), and Sechter (composition). From 1854 to 1861 he was a member of the Vienna court opera orchestra, and made successful tours through Germany, Holland, and Belgium. From 1861 to 1866 he was concert-master at Rotterdam, and from 1866 to 1870 conductor at Lübeck, Stettin, and Prague. In 1871 he was appointed teacher of the violin at the Königliche Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where he remained until 1877, when he became chief instructor in the violin at the Dresden Conservatorium, which position he held for fifteen years. Until his retirement in 1898 he was also concert-master of the Dresden opera orchestra. In 1874 he married Laura, Kahrer, the pianist.
Though a violinist of the first rank, Rappoldi prefers artistic interpretation to display. He is also distinguished as a quartet player, and has contributed greatly to the advancement of chamber-music in Dresden. His compositions include symphonies, quartets, sonatas, and songs with pianoforte accompaniment.
- Ludwig Hartmann, in Musikalisches Wochenblatt, Leipsic, ix. 480;
- Champlin, Cyc. of Music and Musicians;
- Mendel, Musikalisches Konversations-Lexikon.