Hartvigson, Frits


Pianist; born at Grenaae, Jutland, Denmark. Received his first instruction from his mother and later studied under Gade. Gebauer and Anton Ree at Copenhagen. From 1859 to 1861 he studied with von Billow at Berlin, where he played with great success. After the death of his father in the Prusso-Danish war he took up his residence in London in 1864, where he still lives During this time he spent two years at St. Petersburg, from 1873 to 1875. He was officially appointed pianist to the Princess of Wales (now Queen Alexandra), and was professor of Music at the Normal College for the Blind at Norwood. In 1888 he was appointed professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and in 1894 became an honorary member of that institution. The King of Denmark knighted him in 1895 in the order of the Dannebrog. In 1905 he became professor at the Royal College of Music.