Mollenhauer, Eduard, German-American violinist and composer, uncle of Emil Mollenhauer ; b. Erfurt, April 12, 1827; d. Owatonna, Minn., May 7, 1914. He was a violin pupil of Ernst (1841) and Spohr (1843). After a brief concert career in Germany, he went to London, where he joined Jullien’s Orch., of which an older brother, Friedrich Mollenhauer (1818–85), also a violinist, was a member. After a tour with Jullien’s Orch. in the U.S. (1853), the brothers settled in N.Y. as teachers, and Eduard also appeared as a soloist with the N.Y Phil. He wrote the operas The Corsican Bride (N.Y., 1861) and Manhattan Beach, or Love among the Breakers (1878), 3 syms., a Violin Concerto, solo pieces for violin, and songs. Another brother, Henry Mollenhauer (b. Erfurt, Sept. 10, 1825; d. Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 28, 1889), was a cellist and teacher. He was a member of the Stockholm Royal Orch. (1853), and toured the U.S. with Thalberg, Gottschalk, and Carlotta Patti (1856–58). He then settled in Brooklyn as a teacher, and later founded his own cons.
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