Schulz, Leo



Well-known composer, cellist and conductor, at present connected with the department of music of Yale University. He was born in Posen, Germany, and educated at the Royal Gymnasium at Posen. As a child he traveled through Germany, giving concerts from 1870 to 1873. Later Schulz studied at the Royal Academic High School for Music, Berlin, and was appointed soloist and first cellist at the Philharmonic Orchestra in 1885, and was soloist and cellist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipsic, from 1886 to 1889. He married Fraulein Ida Bartsch at Berlin in 1885 and shortly after came to America. Was soloist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and from 1889 to 1898 was professor of the cello at the New England Conservatory, then soloist and cellist of the New York Philharmonic in 1890 and professor and conductor of the National Conservatory. At present he is president of the New York Tonkünstler Society. Schulz has composed many works for the cello; songs; string quartets; overtures for orchestra; a cantata for chorus and orchestra, performed in public but not published; a cello album, and two books, Cello Classics, published in Leipsic; and many other compositions for that instrument.