Krumpholtz, Anne-Marie (née Steckler)

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Krumpholtz, Anne-Marie (née Steckler)

Krumpholtz, Anne-Marie (née Steckler), celebrated German harpist; b. Metz, c. 1755; d. London, after 1824. She studied with Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz in Metz, becoming his second wife about 1778. She appeared at a Paris Concert Spirituel in 1779, and subsequently performed many of her husband’s compositions there. After having taken a lover by 1788, she went to London. She made her first London appearance on June 2 of that year, and thereafter gave many concerts; also appeared under Salomon’s auspices (1791–93). She retired in 1803. Krumpholtz was greatly renowned as a master of her instrument, being considered the equal and often the superior of her husband as a virtuoso.


H. Tribout de Morembert, A.-M. Steckler: Une Virtuose de la harpe au XVIII siècle (Metz, 1962).

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