Ganz, Wilhelm

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Ganz, Wilhelm

Ganz, Wilhelm, German-born English pianist, violinist, and conductor; b. Mainz, Nov. 6, 1833; d. London, Sept. 12, 1914. He studied piano and conducting with his father, Adolf Ganz (b. Mainz, Oct. 14, 1796; d. London, Jan. 11, 1870), and with Karl Anschutz. He settled in England in 1850. He was active as an accompanist to Jenny Lind and other musicians, and was also a violinist in Henry Wylde’s New Phil. Orch. in London (from 1852). He was then joint conductor with Wylde (1874–79) and subsequently sole conductor, organizing his own “Mr. Ganz’s Orchestral Concerts’7 in 1880. After their discontinuance in 1883, he taught voice at the Guildhall School of Music. He publ. Memories of a Musician (London, 1913).

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