Spiering, Theodore



American violinist; born at St. Louis, Missouri. Was a pupil of Henry Schradieck at the Cincinnati College of Music, and of Joachim at Berlin, from 1886 to 1890. In 1893 he organized the Spiering Quartet of Chicago, and was first violin and leader until 1905, the other original members being Otto Rohrborn, Adolf Weidig and Hermann Diestel. He was director of the Spiering Violin School from 1899 to 1902, and director of the violin department of the Chicago Musical College from 1902 to 1905. He was married in 1895 to Frida, a daughter of Wilhelm Müller, editor of German Puck of New York. He gave concerts in Europe the season of 1905-1906, and now resides in Berlin, as principal instructor of violin at the Stern Conservatory of Music. Spiering was appointed an officer of the French Academy in 1905 and was a member of the international jury of awards of the St. Louis Exposition in 1904.