- Albert Mell
Austrian, later German, family of musicians.
(b Vienna, Feb 21, 1831; d Dresden, May 16, 1903). Violinist, conductor and composer. He played both the violin and the piano in public at the age of seven but preferred the former, which he studied with Leopold Jansa, Georg Hellmesberger sr (Vienna Conservatory, 1851–4) and Joseph Böhm; he also studied theory and composition with Sechter and Hiller. He played in the Vienna court orchestra (1854–61), and was then leader of the orchestra in Rotterdam (1861–6), in Lübeck (1866), in Stettin (1867) and at the German Theatre in Prague (1869). Joachim took him to Berlin, where he stayed from 1871 until 1877, teaching at the newly founded Hochschule für Musik and playing in Joachim's quartet. He moved to Dresden in October 1877 to become leader of the court orchestra, joint leader of the opera orchestra (with Lauterbach) and professor of violin at the conservatory; of special interest were his historical concerts there (...