Hellmesberger, Georg


Born in Vienna; the son of a schoolmaster, who gave him his first musical instruction. Father of a distinguished family of musicians. Hellmesberger was renowned as a teacher of violin and among his pupils were such well-known artists as Ernst, Joachim, Miska Hauser, Leopold Auer and his sons Georg and Joseph. He was assistant instructor at the Conservatory in 1821 and in 1833 became professor; conductor of the Imperial Opera in 1829; member of the Court chapel in 1830. His published compositions are a string quartet; two violin concertos; solos and several variations for violin.