Sternberg, Constantin Ivanovitch Edler von



Russian pianist and composer; born at St. Petersburg. He studied at the Leipsic Conservatory from 1865 to 1867 under Moscheles, Reinecke, Richter and Hauptmann, and after conducting for two years at the Brühl Theatre, and being assistant chorusmaster at the Leipsic City Theatre and conductor at Würzburg and Kissingen in 1870, and of the Court Opera at Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1871, he returned to Berlin and finished his studies at the Akademie der Tonkunst under Kullak in piano, and Wüerst in composition. In 1875 he again entered the employ of the Duke of Mecklenburg, establishing and directing a school at Schwerin, where he also acted as Court pianist. In 1877 he began his tours, which extended not only through Germany, Russia, and most of the European countries, but into Central Asia and Asia Minor also, and from 1880 to 1885 he appeared at concerts throughout the United States. In 1886 he became director of the College of Music at Atlanta, Georgia, but in 1890 established his School of Music in Philadelphia, though not giving up concert work entirely. Besides much piano-music; songs; and part-songs; he has composed Danses cosaques, and other pieces for the violin, pieces for the cello, notably a fantasia; and some organ-music.