Novacek, Ottaker

1866-1900

 

Violinist, and composer of a number of Bulgarian dances for violin and piano, of several songs for which he used Tolstoi's words; string quartets; a piano concerto; caprices for piano and for violin; and three string quartets  Born in Hungary in 1866; studied in Vienna under Dont, then at the Conservatory of Leipsic. He appeared at the Gewandhaus concerts in Leipsic, and then came to America, where he remained the rest of his life. He was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1889, under Nikisch. During the year 1892-1893 he played the viola in the Damrosch Orchestra of New York. Ill health compelled him to give up his public performances and he devoted himself to composition.