Pattison, John Nelson
American pianist and composer; born at Niagara Falls, New York. He early showed musical ability, and first became known as a performer in a traveling concert troupe. He studied under Haupt, Reinecke, Liszt, Thalberg, Stern, Marz, von Bulow and Henselt, and after a short visit to his native land went back to Germany, giving concerts there, also in Paris and in Italian cities. On his return, in 1862, he made New York his home, and has there taught successfully. He played at the Centennial Exposition and for the New .York and Brooklyn Philharmonic Societies. He has composed a symphony, Niagara, for orchestra and military band; a concert overture, played by the Thomas Orchestra in New York; and a number of pieces for the piano, including a romantic concerto-fantasia, with orchestra; and about twenty piano solos, many of which are in print.