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Julius Schulhoff (Composer, Arranger)

Born: August 2, 1825 - Prague, Czechoslovakia
Died: March 15, 1898 - Berlin, Germany

Julius Schulhoff [Julius Šulhov] was a Bohemian pianist and composer of Jewish birth. He was the great-uncle of the 20th century composer Erwin [Ervin] Schulhoff. Schulhoff began studying piano in his hometown of Prague with Kisch and Tedesco and also trained in theory with Tomášek [Tomaschek].

Julius Schulhoff made his debut at Dresden in 1842 and soon afterwards appeared at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Moving to Paris shortly afterwards, he met Frédéric Chopin who encouraged him in his bid to become an established professional pianist. The concerts which Schulhoff gave at F. Chopin's suggestion were greeted with such acclaim that he embarked on a long tour through France and to London, continuing his travels through Spain (1851) and Russia (1853). After this tour, he returned to Paris, where he devoted himself entirely to composition and teaching. He continued as a piano teacher when he settled in Dresden in 1870 and later moved to Berlin in 1897.

Julius Schulhoff was best-known for his virtuosic salon compositions for solo piano, which included a grand sonata in F minor, twelve etudes, and various caprices, impromptus, waltzes, and mazurkas.


Source: Jewish Encyclopedia Website; Wikipedia Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2007)

Julius Schulhoff: Short Biography | Piano Transcriptions: Works | Recordings

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Jewish Encyclopedia: Schulhoff, Julius

Julius Schulhoff (Wikipedia) [English]
Julius Schulhoff (Wikipedia) [German]


Meyers Konversations-Lexikon
A. Ehrlich: Celebrated Pianists of the Past and Present Time, pp. 308-309
Baker: Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, New York, 1900.S.

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