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date: 23 August 2019

Kufferath familylocked

  • Anne-Marie Riessauw


German (later Belgian) family of musicians.

(b Mülheim, May 12, 1797; d Wiesbaden, July 28, 1864). Violinist, conductor and composer. As a child he showed a natural talent for music; his father, a great music lover, gave him his first music lessons. He subsequently studied with the cellist Joseph Alexander, and later with L. Scheffer (a pupil of Spohr), Spohr and Hauptmann. He was not only a gifted violinist but also an accomplished conductor; at the age of 15 he was leader of a military band, and he subsequently conducted in Mülheim, Duisburg, Bielefeld and elsewhere. In 1823 he was made music director of Bielefeld. From 1830 to 1862 he was active as director of the Collegium Musicum Ultrajectinum in Utrecht and of the Utrechter Gesangverein, where he conducted works by Haydn, Mozart, Handel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Spohr and Schumann. He spent the last years of his life in Wiesbaden....

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