Wolfsohn, Carl



An eminent German pianist and teacher, noted for his broad scholarship, for many years resident in the United States, where his distinguished service to music will long be remembered. The famous pianist, Mme. Bloomfield-Zeisler was one of his pupils. Carl Wolfsohn was born at Alzey, Germany, studied the piano under Aloys Schmit of Frankfort; at Frankfort in 1848 made his debut as concert pianist, later engaged in study under Vincent Lachner and Mme. Heinfeiter, met with success on a concert tour in Rhenish Bavaria, spent two years in London and came to America in 1854. He settled in Philadelphia and resided in that city many years, became a power in the music life of the city. In New York and Philadelphia gave series of recitals that attracted the attention of musicians generally; gave a series presenting all the sonatas of Beethoven, later presented all the piano compositions of Schumann, followed by a series in which were given all the works of Chopin. He was an ardent student of Beethoven; in Philadelphia formed a Beethoven Society and a similar organization in Chicago. Upon leaving Philadelphia he took up residence in Chicago. His influence upon the musical life of that city has been of the greatest value. He has presented his noted recitals; his trio concerts were highly appreciated by music lovers generally. He was an old and close friend of Theodore Thomas, one of the first contributors to the Theodore Thomas Orchestra and was greatly interested in its welfare. He early appreciated Wagner, as shown by the programs of the symphony concerts given by him in Philadelphia. Carl Wolfsohn's death, which occurred in New Jersey in the summer of 1907, meant the loss of a true artist and great teacher.