June 28, 1831
Kittsee, Austria (Hungary)
August 15, 1907 in Berlin, Germany
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Joseph Joachim was a composer, conductor, teacher and virtuoso violinist of the Romantic period especially known for his skillful interpretation of the works of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.
As a child, Joachim studied in Budapest under the guidance of S. Serwaczyński. He had his first concert at age 7 in Budapest. At age 9, he studied with Hellmesberger and Boehm in Vienna. At age 12, he travelled to Leipzig where he continued his studies, most notably under Mendelssohn. In 1844, Joachim went to London under the sponsorship of Medelssohn. From 1849 to 1854, he led the orchestra in Weimar and from 1854 to 1864, he was leading the orchestra in Hannover. In his late 30s he became director and a well-respected teacher at Berlin's Hochschule für Ausübende Tonkunst. He founded the Joachim Quartet in 1869 which became a leading quartet in Europe especially known for their performance of Beethoven's works.
He wrote pieces for the violin and piano, violin and orchestra as well as songs. However, much of his works didn't survive. His notable compositions include "Hungarian Concerto in D Minor" and "Hebraeische Melodien."