Hasselbrink, Carlos


Was born in Colombia, South America. He began to study violin in Havana when eight years old, and at the age of nine was playing in concerts. In 1875 he went to Paris and entered the Conservatory of that city, and afterwards finished his studies under Henry Leonard. Mr. Hasselbrink came to the United States in 1880, and after traveling as a soloist through this country and Canada was called upon by Dr. Leopold Damrosch in 1884 to take the position of concertmaster with his orchestra at the Symphony Society, Oratorio Society and at the Metropolitan Opera House. After the death of Dr. Damrosch, Mr. Hasselbrink continued as concertmaster with his son, Walter Damrosch, then with Anton Seidl, and also with Max Bruch and Hans von Bülow when they were in New York. In 1889 Mr. Hasselbrink went back to Europe, where he remained for five years, giving concerts in Paris, London, Brussels, and other cities. He returned to New York in 1894, and once more resumed his position as concertmaster at the Metropolitan Opera House and with Anton Seidl, until 1899, when he decided to retire from all solo and orchestra work, since when he has formed his own quartet and is devoting himself entirely to quartet-playing and teaching. Besides his private classes, Mt Hasselbrink is one of the principal violin teachers at the Institute of Musical Arts of New York City.