Haberbier, Ernst


Distinguished pianist and composer of fitudes poesies. He was born in Konigsberg, where his father was an organist. He received his first instruction from him, going, in 1832, to St. Petersburg. Here he was successful as concert-player and teacher, being appointed Court pianist. In 1850 he began extended tours, playing in London with much success. He perfected a peculiar technicality which had been used by Scarlatti and Bach, that of dividing difficult passages between the two hands. After brilliant concerts in Copenhagen, Kiel and Hamburg, he played in 1852 in Paris, where he was enthusiastically received. He later appeared in Russia and Germany, and in 1866 settled at Bergen, Norway. He died very suddenly in 1869, while playing at a concert in Bergen.