Seiss, Isidor Wilhelm



German pianist; born in Dresden; the son of a musician. He was a pupil of Frederick Wieck, and of J. tto, and from 1858 to 1860 studied counterpoint with Hauptmann at Leipsic. For a time after finishing his studies he made successful concert tours through Europe. In 1871 he was engaged by Frederick Hiller as teacher of the piano at the Cologne Conservatory, and conducted the concerts of the Musikalische Gesellschaft there, and was later appointed a professor of the institution. While studying under Hauptmann, Seiss brought out some compositions and has since become known for his clavierstücke; sonatinas; preludes; German dances; a revision of Weber's E flat concerto, and a scena for orchestra. Seiss is easily in the foremost rank of modern teachers and among the most notable of modern pianists. He has also been most successful as a teacher.