German cellist, who together with his brothers, Herman, Carl and Franz, founded in 1871 the Schroder Quartet. He first studied the piano, but was atracted to the cello, and attained considerable prominence as a player on that instrument. Alwin Schroder studied music with his father and his brother, Hermann, and then took up his studies in piano under Andre, the violin under De Ahna and theory under W. Tappert, but was a selftaught cellist. In 1875 after the dissolution of the quartet, Schroder became first cello in Liebig's Concert Orchestra, went later to Hamburg and in 1880 was assistant to Carl Schroder at Leipsic, whom he succeeded the following year in the Gewandhaus concerts and as teacher at the Conservatory. In 1886 he came to America, settling in Boston as first cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Kneisel Quartet, and at present holds those positions.