Becker, Hugo


Celebrated contemporary German violoncellist, son of Jean Becker, the violinist. He was born at Strasburg, and after some study under his father, had the benefit of the instruction of various distinguished teachers, Friedrich Grützmacher, Piatti and others. His first public appearance was at the Leipsic Gewandhaus; this was followed by successful concert tours with his father. In 1882 he was appointed violoncellist in the opera orchestra at Frankfort, and here became a member of the well-known Frankfort Quartet, led by Hugo Heermann. He makes extensive tours, is a renowned soloist and chamber-music player and one of the foremost violoncellists of the day. Though most of his time is occupied with his career as player, he teaches part of the year at the Conservatory m Frankfort.