Heermann, Hugo, distinguished German violinist and teacher; b. Heilbronn, Württemberg, March 3, 1844; d. Merano, Italy, Nov. 6, 1935. As a boy, he was taken to Rossini in Paris for advice. He then studied with Bériot and Meerts at the Brussels Cons., graduating in 1861; subsequently took lessons with Joachim. In 1865 he became 1st violinist of the Frankfurt String Quartet; also taught at the Hoch Cons. In 1904 he founded his own violin school. He made extended tours as a concert violinist in Europe, the U.S., and Australia. From 1906 to 1909 he taught violin at the Chicago Musical Coll., and then at the Stern Cons, in Berlin and the Geneva Cons. (1911–22). He had the distinction of having been the first to play the Violin Concerto of Brahms in Paris, N.Y., and Australia. He publ, a book of memoirs, Meine Lebenserinnerungen (Leipzig, 1935).
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