Famous German Violinists

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Anne-Sophie Mutter
(Violinist who played with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of thirteen and who went on to become a decorated violist)
Anne-Sophie Mutter
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Birthdate: June 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rheinfelden, Germany

Anne-Sophie Mutter had started learning the piano at age 5 but later switched to the violin. A prodigy, she first played for the Berlin Philharmonic at 13 and became a Royal Academy of Music fellow at 22. She is known for wearing custom-made designer strapless gowns while playing.

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Leopold Mozart
(German Composer, Violinist and Theorist Best Known as the Father and Teacher of 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart')
Leopold Mozart
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Birthdate: November 14, 1719
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: May 28, 1787

German violinist and composer Leopold Mozart is best remembered as the father and music teacher of legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. However, Leopold was often blamed for exploiting his son’s musical talent by pushing him to perform as a child. He also had a troubled relationship with his adult son.

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Julia Fischer
(German Classical Violinist and Pianist)
Julia Fischer
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Birthdate: June 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

One of the greatest classical violinists of the 21st century, Julia Fischer is also a skilled pianist. She first gained fame with her performances with conductor Lorin Maazel in New York. The German musician had started learning the violin at age 3 and the piano at age 4.

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Paul Hindemith
(German Composer and Music Theorist)
Paul Hindemith
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Birthdate: November 16, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
Died: December 28, 1963

Although German composer and violinist Paul Hindemith had collaborated with leftist and Jewish musicians, his apolitical stance made him a favorite of the Nazis initially. However, he was later forced to comply with Nazi dictatorship. He moved to the U.S. after his performances were banned in Germany.

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David Garrett
(Violinist)
David Garrett
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Birthdate: September 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany
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Max Bruch
(German Romantic Composer, Conductor & Educator)
Max Bruch
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Birthdate: January 6, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: October 2, 1920

Max Bruch composed his first song at 9 for his mother’s birthday and then earned a scholarship after creating a symphony at the tender age of 14. He worked extensively with the choral societies of Germany and is remembered for his iconic Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.

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Augustin Hadelich
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Birthdate: April 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cecina, Italy
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Akim Camara
(Violinist)
Akim Camara
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Birthdate: September 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
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Louis Spohr
(Former violinist, composer, and conductor whose compositions illustrate an early aspect of the Romantic period in German music)
Louis Spohr
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Birthdate: April 5, 1784
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brunswick, Germany
Died: October 22, 1859
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Michael Karoli
(Guitarist)
Michael Karoli
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Birthdate: April 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Straubing, Germany
Died: November 17, 2001
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Adolf Busch
(German Violinist, Conductor, and Composer)
Adolf Busch
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Birthdate: August 8, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Siegen, Germany
Died: June 9, 1952

German violinist Adolf Busch founded groups such as the Vienna Konzertverein Quartet and the Busch Quartet. Though not Jewish, he fled to Switzerland, then England, and eventually to the US, after Hitler’s rise, as he strongly opposed Nazism. He later established a chamber orchestra and co-founded the Lucerne and Marlboro music festivals

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Carl Stamitz
(Composer)
Carl Stamitz
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Birthdate: May 7, 1745
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
Died: November 9, 1801
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Isabelle Faust
(Violinist)
Isabelle Faust
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Birthdate: March 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Esslingen, Germany
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Anton Schindler
(Conductor, Writer, Musicologist, Music historian, Biographer, Composer)
Anton Schindler
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Birthdate: June 13, 1795
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medlov
Died: January 16, 1864
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Ferdinand David
(Violinist)
Ferdinand David
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Birthdate: June 19, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: July 18, 1873
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Johann Ambrosius Bach
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Birthdate: February 22, 1645
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Erfurt, Germany
Died: March 2, 1695
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Christoph Koncz
(Musician)
Christoph Koncz
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Birthdate: September 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Konstanz, Germany
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Frank Peter Zimmermann
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Birthdate: February 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Duisburg, Germany
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Nicole Ansperger
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Birthdate: December 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
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Hermann Scherchen
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Birthdate: June 21, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: June 12, 1966
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Theodore Thomas
(Violonist)
Theodore Thomas
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Birthdate: October 11, 1835
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Esens, Germany
Died: January 4, 1905
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William Steinberg
(German-American Conductor Who Directed the Pittsburgh Symphony From 1952 to 1976)
William Steinberg
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Birthdate: August 1, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: May 16, 1978

William Steinberg was a German-American conductor best remembered for directing the Pittsburgh Symphony between 1952 and 1976. He is also remembered for his association with the Cologne Opera where he became the principal conductor in 1924. William Steinberg is also credited with co-founding the Palestine Symphony, which was later renamed the Israel Philharmonic.

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Franz Benda
(Outstanding 18th Century German Violinist and Composer)
Franz Benda
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Birthdate: November 22, 1709
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benátky nad Jizerou, Czechia
Died: March 7, 1786

One of the finest violinists of 18th-century Germany, František Benda was born to musician parents and began his music career accompanying strolling musicians. He later served as King Frederick the Great’s concertmaster. His music includes symphonies, sonatas, and chamber works. His memoir is an accurate account of the music scene of his time.

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Georg Benda
(Composer, Violinist and Kapellmeister of the Classical Period Known for His Melodramas)
Georg Benda
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Birthdate: June 30, 1722
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Benátky nad Jizerou, Czechia
Died: November 6, 1795

Bohemian composer Georg Benda was born into a family of musicians. He was not only part of the royal orchestra but also served as the chapelmaster of the Duke of Gotha for almost 30 years. He was best known for his stage compositions such as Pygmalion and Ariadne auf Naxos, Medea.

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August Wilhelmj
(Violinist)
August Wilhelmj
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Birthdate: September 21, 1845
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Usingen, Germany
Died: January 22, 1908
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Helmut Zacharias
(Violinist)
Helmut Zacharias
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Birthdate: January 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 28, 2002
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Ji-Hae Park
(Violinist)
Ji-Hae Park
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Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Germany
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Charles Martin Loeffler
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Birthdate: January 30, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
Died: May 19, 1935
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Reinhard Goebel
(Conductor, Violinist)
Reinhard Goebel
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Birthdate: July 31, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Siegen, Germany