Wihan, Hanuš

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Wihan, Hanuš (b Politz, 1855; d Prague, 1920). Bohem. cellist. Played in several Eur. orchs. Prin. cellist Munich court orch. from 1880 and cellist in King Ludwig's qt., which played at Wagner's Bayreuth home. Prof. of vc., Prague Cons. 1888–91, 1919–20. Est. Bohemian Str. Qt. 1892, becoming its cellist 1897–1914. Gave f.p. of R. Strauss's vc. sonata 1883 and was dedicatee of Dvořák's vc. conc. 1895, although he did not give the first performance, when the soloist was Leo Stern.