Berger, Francesco

1834-

Pianist and composer. His father was an Australian and his mother a Bavarian. He played in public at the age of eight. Received his musical education at Munich, Trieste and Leipsic, studying with Plaidy, Thaiberg and Hauptmann. He married Miss Lascelles, well known as a vocalist.   In 1868 he established the Apres-midi instrumentales for the study of concerted piano music. Berger was a personal friend of Charles Dickens, and composed the overtures and the music to the plays, The Lighthouse, and The Frozen Deep, which were written by Wilkie Collins and in which Dickens and his friends appeared. Berger is professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music, is a director and secretary of the Philharmonic Society and a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.