- Hugo Becker
Hugo Becker (
February 13 1864– July 30 1941) was a prominent German cellist, celloteacher, and composer. He studied at a young age with Alfredo Piatti, and later Friedrich Grützmacherin Dresden.cite web | title = Hugo Becker, Cellist | publisher = Internet Cello Society | url = http://cello.org/cnc/becker.htm | accessdate = 2007-05-26 ]
He was born in 1864 in
Strasbourg; his father Jean Becker was a famous violinist. His father tried teaching him violin at the age of six, but the young Becker loved cello, and switched over at the age of nine. By age fifteen he was touring with a string quartetmade up of him, his father, sister, and brother. He had also become a leading cellist in the court orchestra in Mannheim.
In 1884, Becker was appointed solo cellist with the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, and the following year became the leading cello teacher at the
Frankfurt Hoch Conservatory. From 1909 to 1929, he was professor of cello at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.Artur Schnabel: Musiker 1882-1951, page 19-21, pub: Archives of the Academie der Künste / Wolke Verlag, 2001]
During this time he also toured extensively and played
chamber musicwith Eugène Ysaÿeand Ferruccio Busoniin a piano trio., and later with Artur Schnabeland Carl Fleschas the third Schnabel Trio between 1914-21.
He owned two Strads: the 1720 "Cristiani" and another one built in 1719 now known as the "Becker".
*Three Pieces for Cello with Piano Accompaniment
*"Scènes d'amour", duo
*"Deux Morceaux": Romance, Duo
*"Deux Morceaux": Valse gracieuse, Duo
*Cello Concerto in A major
*"Aus dem Leben des Waldschrat", suite
*"Mechanik und Ästhetik des Violoncellospiels"
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