Bronsart, Hans von


German pianist and composer, whose full name is Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff. He was born at Berlin and received his education at Danzig and at the University of Berlin. Studied composition under Dehn and his first work in piano was with Kullak. From 1854 to 1857 he studied with Liszt at Weimar. After a number of successful European concert tours, Bronsart conducted the Euterpe concerts at Leipsic from 1860 to 1862, and the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde concerts at Berlin in 1865 to 1866, and in 1867, became Intendant of the Court Theatre at Hamburg. In 1887 he was appointed superintendent of the court music at Berlin. He retired from public life in 1895. Bronsart's wife, Ingeborg Starck, whom he married in 1862, was a famous pianist. His two best known works are a trio in G minor and a concerto in F sharp minor. Other compositions are a cantata, Christnacht; an opera, Der Corsar; Frühlings-Fantasie for orchestra; a Polonaise in C minor and a string sextet and solo pieces for the piano.