Habeneck, François (Antoine)

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Habeneck, François (Antoine) (b Mézières, 1781; d Paris, 1849). Fr. conductor, composer, and violinist. First vn. in Paris Opéra orch. 1815, dir. 1821–4, and cond. 1824–47 (chief cond. from 1831). Cond. f.ps. of Guillaume Tell (1829), La Juive (1835), and Les Huguenots (1836). Ass. prof. of vn., Paris Cons. 1808–16, teaching special class 1825–48. Founded Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 1828, conducting it until 1848 and introducing Beethoven's syms. to Fr. Cond. f.ps. of some works by Berlioz incl. the Requiem (1837) and the opera Benvenuto Cellini (1838).