Heckmann, Georg Julius Robert


A gifted violinist. Born at Mannheim. Began his musical education on the piano with his father. Jean Becker and Ferdinand David instructed him on the violin and he studied composition with Lachner and Hauptmann. At the age of fourteen he played in the Mannheim Orchestra. Later he studied at Leipsic; and in his second year at the Conservatory he received a prize and was appointed leader of the Euterpe Orchestra. He continued his studies in Paris and Berlin, and in 1872 made his reputation as leader and soloist of the Cologne Orchestra. His interpretation of Bruch and Svendsen won him merited recognition. It was in Cologne he founded his popular Heckmann Quartet, and with it he traveled through Europe and England and met with success, though it never gained the highest rank. His wife, Marie, was an accomplished pianist, a pupil of Moscheles and Wentzel. While on a tour through England, in 1891, Hackmann died in Glasgow.